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Bills, Bumps and Me

Thursday, 15 March, 2012 - 3:02 pm

Life is not always simple. We all know that sometimes in life there are complexities or bumps in the road that we need to work with in order to understand or to overcome them.

Sometimes these bumps feel like a roller coaster and seem to take our focus and our energy. But we need to keep re-focusing.

The bumps do not need to become our story and they should not cloud our mission. The bumps are not who we are. It's essential that we don't allow ourselves to identify ourselves with those times of drama. It's essential that we don’t let the bumps define us.

Over the past few weeks we have been reading in the Torah portions about building the Mishkan (Tabernacle), a home for G-d, the Torah makes it clear that we need to focus on what is important. We each have our part to contribute. We are all part of one people. We don't always realize that our committed participation is necessary for the good of the whole. When the Mishkan was erected and everything was in its place, then the whole became greater than the sum of its parts. Then each part was valued as part of the whole.

When we are building a home for G-d, it's important that we don't get side-tracked by life's bumps. We need to focus on the good and keep building. Our sense of purpose helps us to look at life optimistically, knowing that we are part of G-d's greater Plan.

When we wake up in the morning let us remember to say our mantra “I offer thanks to You, living and eternal King, for You have mercifully restored my soul within me; Your faithfulness is great.” G-d, you gave me back my soul in order for me to continue doing the good that I am here to do. That’s my life.

Yes, we all have bills and bumps. Nevertheless, the real me, my real story is that I work in the construction business, building a home for G-d. We are in good company, among our people, gathering for a holy purpose.

Happy Building……Have a good Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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