Prayer for the day
I was really struck by this Prayer for the Day which I heard on the radio (BBC 4) by Rabi Rubenstein.
“As a young boy, I had my entire life mapped out. I decided that I was going to become an elite guitarist in a band. Although Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton might just have had the edge on me for the moment, it would only be a matter of time until my skills had advanced beyond the chords of C, F and G and I would go on to conquer the world.
Decades later, I can honestly declare that I did indeed go onto vastly expand my playing abilities from those miserly original 3 chords, to what must now be. almost, 12. But the real obstacle to my achieving super stardom and standing alongside the likes of Mark Knopfler, is the fact, I taught myself to play.
When you teach yourselves to do anything, we’re almost always certain to make mistakes. And when those mistakes become ingrained they‘re incredibly difficult to remove.
In almost any field, there is so much more we can achieve if we find ourselves a teacher who will be able to look at what we’re doing and tell us when we’re doing it well, or showing us how we could do it better.
Judaism says that the most important thing of all is our life. Precisely the same formula applies to it, as learning how to play the guitar, learning maths or a language, or in fact any other project. We need a teacher, we need a guide.
After all we’re too often focused so narrowly on ourselves to be able to stand back and see the big picture and where we fit in it.
Think of the last time you looked at the group picture from a wedding you attended. Whose picture did you look for first?
So lets pray: that we can always find a mentor and a guide who is really good, and passionate about helping us master the guitar, maths, a language and especially the most important project of all: You.”