Gate Six : Surrendering to G-d
There are certain clear and unambiguous signs that a person has decided to
dedicate his being to fulfilling G-d's wishes. Let's explore them now and
see just where our own dedication stands in the face of them.
First off, someone who would indeed dedicate himself to G-d that way would
utterly nonchalant and well-poised in the face of nearly anything worldly.
After all, he'd be devoted to pleasing G-d alone and no one else, so if
were to insult him, for example, this dedicated soul would nonetheless
self-effacingly forgive the offender.
How? you ask. By recalling what matters and what doesn't. For if you or I
were criticized for our choice of pens, for example, we might be taken
a moment but we certainly wouldn't take it to heart. Simply because it
matter. And similarly, if the above sort of person would suddenly be
by mishap or misfortune, he'd accept that all in a detached and even-
sort of way, too, because he'd have learned by then to accept all of G-d's
decisions in his life.
He'd be remarkably blunt about himself as so few of us are, and would know
only too well his own failings and blemishes. So if someone were to praise
this trusting soul would have to laugh to himself, knowing the other side
the story; in fact, he'd consider his accepting the compliment to be
fault on his part.
Contrarily, if someone were to point out one of his faults indeed, he'd
that person to task for having only noticed that one! "There are so many
others lurking in the background," he'd think, "that I'm actually
embarassed by his
having noticed this one, on the chance that it might lead him to uncover
the others!" And if he were falsely accused of something he'd be stunned
the fact that he wasn't indeed guilty of what he was accused of, seeing
wrongdoing he was actually capable of.
Finally, he'd be humble, respectful, and kind to all despite his wisdom
understanding, perhaps, and regardless of all the other gifts he might
been born with. And he'd easily find fault with himself rather than with
Text Copyright © 2004 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org