A Letter from G-d
My precious child,
I want to wish you a shana tova, a sweet new year, and share with you a few things that I think you need you to know.
When I look at you I see something very different than what you see when you look in the mirror. You see yourself as you are now. But when I look at you I see who you can become. My primary goal is to help you grow from where you are now to where I know you can be.
Sometimes you are already challenging yourself and pushing yourself to become that person that I created you to become. So I just watch, with great nachas, and gently guide you in that direction. I orchestrate the events and experiences of your day-to-day life to ensure the maximum possibility of your achievement of that goal.
Other times, I have to present you with challenges and hurdles in order to convert your potential greatness into actualized excellence. I know that those moments are sometimes painful, but if I don’t challenge you, you will never actualize your potential. Please remember that I am closer to you during those moments than I am at any other time.
I want to tell you about one of my most important employees. He is the V.P. of Human Development. His name is Yetzer Hara, the evil inclination, and he works for me 365 days a year, 24/7. The Yetzer Hara gets a bad rap, but he is really your best friend. If it weren’t for him, you would remain a nobody - forever. I have empowered him to provide you with constant assaults and to approach you with a never ending barrage of creative tactics, but they only come to challenge you to grow and improve yourself. The Yetzer Hara and I have only one goal for each encounter you have with him: we both want you to overpower him and show him what you are made of. Of course, once you do that, I send him back with a more difficult obstacle to overcome, because that’s how you really become great.
Here’s some good advice: Speak to me. Often. And don’t think I only understand Hebrew. I understand every language there is. So speak to me in your own language. And you don’t have to wait to be in a synagogue; speak to me any time of day, no matter what you’re doing – when you’re driving your car, when you’re taking a walk. Speak to me before you go to sleep. And most of all, speak to me on Shabbos. I am always available, and I really am a good listener. In fact, I understand you better than anyone else (even yourself) because you are mine and I made you. So don’t be shy, don’t feel awkward; just pour your heart out to me and I promise I will respond.
Your Father in Heaven, Who believes in you and loves you unconditionally.