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9 Iyar – Faith in G-d and in oneself

9 Iyar 5783 – 30 April 2023

When a person’s faith is lacking, he must expend a lot of exertion in his devotions to G-d (Likutey Moharan II, 86).

We can have faith in G-d, but sometimes we lack faith in ourselves. Rabbi Nachman teaches that a lack of confidence in oneself is also a lack of faith.

We must believe that:

  • 1 I, as an individual, am very important in G-ds eyes.
  • 2 That no matter how I presently conduct my life, I have the inner strength to change my habits.
  • 3 I, too, have the ability to become a Tzaddik.
  • 4 To have the self-confidence necessary in dealing with others. [1]

1. I am really a “hero” when it comes to animals, dogs, horses, cows…I prefer to see them from a distance. Sometimes when I am walking I have to cross a field with horses or cows, that doesn’t make me happy, fear hits me around the heart. Yet the other day I managed to cross a field without fear. I am important in G-d’s eyes, there is still so much I have to do – He will protect me.

2. I changed the bad habit of drinking coffee. For me, drinking too much coffee resulted in muscle cramps, even to the point of tearing. Now that I have stopped drinking coffee, I have not suffered from that at all.

3. Point three is a very big deal, though. Let me leave it at just wanting to live according to Hashem’s will as best I can.

4. Point four is a learning point for me. I often feel looked at and therefore often judged by people. On the one hand, I don’t care much about that, I am someone who does what I want, on the other hand, the feeling of being watched and judged does make me prefer to keep in the background around people.

By Angelique Sijbolts

[1] Crossing the Narrow Bridge p.90

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