It All Adds Up

Hold On! It All Adds Up
Meshivat Nefesh #39
Know that every single motion that one makes in an effort to come closer to G-d eventually adds up and comes to your aid in your moment of dire need.” In time,” said Rebbe Nachman, “Surely he will enter into the gates of holiness. Because G-d is truly merciful, and really does desire this person’s efforts.”

I need to learn how to just hold my own, not trying to rush forward for the moment, but also not giving up any gains that I’ve made. Meaning, I have to learn how to ignore all of my self-doubt and confusion, and continue to do whatever I can in my Divine service.

Sometimes, after making efforts to change and draw closer to the Creator, I can find myself feeling as though I’m being thrust back again, away from the gateway to holiness. Rebbe Nachman taught that that’s usually a sign that I’m actually close to making a breakthrough. What do I need to do, in that case?
Dear God,
Please help me to remember
that every effort that I’ve made over the years to draw close to You
Has made a real impression on high.
Even if I can’t always see progress, those motions are adding up.
They will eventually carry me through my most difficult challenge
and bring me right to You.
(Based on Likutey Moharan II:48)

Author: Yehudis Golshevsky

Yehudis in her own words: When I first began learning Rebbe Nachman’s teachings with my husband and other teachers, I felt as though I had come home to the personal and vital relationship with G-d that I’d always sought. Today, a large part of my inspiration comes from helping other Jewish women discover their own spiritual potential through the meaningful teachings of Breslov Chassidut. Yehudis Golshevsky has been teaching Torah classes to women and working in Torah publishing for nearly twenty years. She’s a graduate of Yavne Teacher’s Seminary in Cleveland and holds a degree in Judaic Studies from SUNY at Buffalo. Currently, Yehudis is a contributor to and “Pathways”, the Breslov Research Institute’s weekly publication. Since 2006, she’s been taking women’s groups to Uman and other sites in Ukraine for prayer and study. Yehudis lives with her family in Jerusalem.

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