Message for the Week from Rabbi Stein

Is it Worth the Effort?

Rabbi Jay M. Stein on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

Mishna Avot 5:23

BEN HEHE SAID: ACCORDING TO THE LABOUR IS THE REWARD

Could it be any simpler. especially in this season of resolutions?

Each person parents differently. Some parents believe that pushing their child to get the best grades and engaging in after school activities will produce a child better equipped to deal with the challenges that lay ahead. Some feel they can mark out a path that will lead to success in worldly endeavors. Some prefer to stress attitude and motivations rather than such practical, concrete achievement often marked by grades or varsity letters.

No matter the approach, whether in the short term or the long term – there is always going to be a correlation between effort and result. Sometimes the result will not be expected and maybe the result will not be immediate. However, the result will always be commensurate with the effort.  There are no shortcuts.

Today our Mishna teaches sometimes the reward for effort put in is increasing our capacity and understanding that we have tremendous capacity.