Your efforts matter

         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.

 

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About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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