by Mrs. Chana Krasny.
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Rabbi Miller said frequently two statements that went hand in hand, start by saying it and start by desiring it. Because our thoughts follow our words, the tefillos in davening are the platform by which to train our minds the correct way to view the world, to view our circumstances and to view our immediate environment and what's going on for our benefit.
Either you win the jackpot, or you're lower than a cockroach
If we will pay attention to these words, we will learn how to desire it. We will start by saying it, which will bring on the desire. And how can we have the desire to begin so that the words should come out with the right kavono?
So there's a big discussion by the chachomim in the gemoro, what is the value of a person, there are so many different people in the world the righteous ones are the ones who will establish a great desire to serve Hashem, and they will be the greatest tzaddikim, they will be higher than the stars, their righteousness will be the greatest, it's the whole purpose of the world was solely for these people who establish this.
A Jew who is not utilising his full koichois to serve Hashem, who is not involved in this desire, who does not live for these high lofty, aspirations, if they have no aspiration, they are even worse than a cockroach. The cockroaches are better than they. So you see the entire world it seems is either black and white. Either you win the jackpot, or you're lower than a cockroach...
...So the key is that as long as you have the aspiration to be the top of the mountain, and you're going in the right direction, then even if you're still at the bottom of the mountain, as long as you're going up the mountain, you are on the right track and be included in the ones who will have a good judgement for you.
So that is what we must begin, how do we have the desire to begin, to know that as long as we are working and we desire to do it, then even if we're not perfect, even if the words are not exact, even if we stumble over our words, and nobody here is perfect, all of us need a lot of work, as long as we're going in the right direction, we are included in the ones with whom the world was made for.
It is our aspirations that give us this ability, the desire is the fundamental important things that will give us the chizuk and the ability to grow and that's the only way it works. In fact, that's the only way that a person establishes a portion for themselves in Olam Haba...