There is a Jewish belief that there are just 36 righteous people in every generation, and God lets the world continue to exist for their sake. Thirty-six is written with the Hebrew letters lamed (30) vav (6), thus these people are called lamed vav-niks, or 36ers. As they are usually humble people, it is considered wise to be kind to everyone, because they might be one of that group.
Related to this idea was if there were but 10 people in the town of Sodom who were righteous, the town would have been saved. Sadly, there weren’t even ten good people. The town was burned to the ground with sulfur and wiped off the map because of its sinfulness.
It seems that it would be a good idea to be a lamed vav-nik, or one of the 10. You never know when your town (or country) is being tested. Be good, so that the world is saved. This gives a whole new twist to “Be good for goodness sake.” You may think that your efforts aren’t valuable. How do you know? Your effort might be all that saves the world. There might be 35 (or 9) other people who are counting on you to make the cut. You might be the one that makes up the required amount.
Remember this saying? “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail”
Your efforts matter. Be your best. No effort, however small, is wasted.