An Act of Love
Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
love is to DO an act of love, while
speaking and thinking words of love. It is an act of giving, whether we
giving our money, time or energy. It is an act of giving no matter
which way we
commands us to "love
We commit ourselves to this mitzva twice each day in the Shema.
we live up to our promise? By performing an act -- any act -- for
our doing we give Hashem our gift. Moreover, and ideally, we wrap our
loving words and thoughts, and present it to Hashem.
speaking of the loftiest of
levels? Yes, but this is
not as hard at it might seem. For we are also speaking here of living
the full. TO DO right now in the maximum way -- with total
and for the sake of Hashem -- is not only to love Hashem. It is also a
One of Three
any given time, we focus on one of
What we have;
Who we are, and,
What we are
doing right now.
of them is the best? Number
think of "what we have", we
begin also to
think of what we don't have. This lack can sadden us, depress us, rob
us of our
joy. More importantly, to be only rich and comfortable without having
importance is embarrassing. Therefore, we must move away from "what we
have" and look instead at "who we are".
are" is much more than "what
For "what we have" is mostly what we received from others. Thus, its
value is low. On the other hand, "who we are" takes into account all
we have done to become all we are. It is a measure of our ambition,
determination and courage.
"who we are" also contains a
as much as we have accomplished, there is more we have yet to
accomplish. So many
other people have done all we have done, and more! Also, "who we are"
is mostly about our past. It says little about our present.
we need to concentrate on
"what we are
doing", on what we are busying ourselves with right now. Here lies our
Here lies our joy. Into our now, we can pour thought and energy, making
it our Gift
to Hashem. Within this present lies our real greatness. Thus, our
"Whether one does more or less, he stands equally tall, when he does it