February 6, 2010
A Mission from God
This morning, in the House of Gathering, (Beit HaKnesset) we read the following ancient words from the book of the Prophet Isaiah, "In the year that the king Uziyahu died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up,…I heard the voice of the Lord saying 'Whom shall I send, and who shall go for us? Then said I, Here I am, send me.'"
These words, uttered 2,767 years ago, give or take, are as relevant and meaningful today as always. In a world where most people care only for themselves, their own wealth and safety, God cries out "Whom shall I send, and who shall go for us?" But there are few takers.
Most people answer, "Not I Lord, for I am way too busy". There is no immediate perceived reward for answering this call, no cash bonus, and little if any public recognition. And yet, some do answer it. Some choose a life style that does not lead to wealth or recognition; some chose a life of service to mankind.
I see those in the "Security, defense" business, in this category. What are your goals? How do you run your business? Do you look at your students and think "How can I maximize profits?" Or do you look at them and say, "How can I help this individual defend himself?"
In this answer lies all the difference. Sometimes I am teaching and I am tired, my knee hurts, I am repeating the same techniques again and again, and to be honest, I am bored and unmotivated. But then I look at the student and I see him or her alone in a bad part of town, caught in a bad situation. And I say to myself, "Whom shall I call?" I have been placed here for a reason, I have an opportunity to make a difference; I have a mission from God! And I answer, quietly, in my heart, Yes, Lord, here I am, send me, and I will go forth for you.
We are not selling widgets my friends and fellow defense people; we are protecting people's lives. Yes, we all need a little 'pick me up' now and then, a cup of coffee, or a good word from a friend. So the good word for today comes from our Israeli friend Isaiah, Yishayahu (as he was known in Hebrew). Answer the call, become the messenger, and know that you are on a mission from God.
Shavua Tov, Have a good week everyone.
A man on a mission, Jerusalem, Israel