Growing Each Day by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

Tammuz 11
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I will teach the defiant Your ways, and the sinful will return to You (Psalms 51:15).

Every human being craves happiness. People are more than willing to spend great sums of money in the hope of achieving happiness. Unfortunately, their efforts are usually in vain, because happiness cannot be bought. Luxurious homes, sumptuous feasts, and lavish occasions may provide transitory pleasures, but never true happiness.

Living with faith and trust in God can deliver the sought-for happiness. The reason more people do not achieve happiness is because they fall short of the requisite degree of faith and trust in God. We may worry about our financial future and the ability to provide for our families the way we would like, especially during economic downturns. When adversities occur, we are likely to become deeply dejected. A profound and unquestioning faith and trust in Divine benevolence will provide the serenity, security, and convictions that could eliminate these worries and sadness.

People have varying degrees of faith and trust. The higher their level, the lesser are their worries and sadness. If we were able to achieve complete faith and trust, our dispositions would be such that happiness would radiate from us.

Today I shall...

seek to strengthen my faith and trust in God so that I may achieve true happiness and be an example for others.

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Comments (2)

(2) mysteries, July 1, 2012 7:20 PM

One may want the pleasure of this life for many reasons. There is the self culture, the family culture, the culture of friends and associates, the culture of different aspects of the groups that one may feel linked to. One is made from material and so will act in the way of material in a way of materialism. To act otherwise is not denying one's nature but is to seek interest in other things whilst being material. Materialism is natural, immaterialism is sublime/indescribable. One has to make oneself happy. Expecting other things to make one happy is sloth.

(1) Anonymous, July 3, 2009 6:42 PM


I truly enjoy reading this article everyday, and i walk away feeling inspired and motivated. Thank You


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