What is our first thought when someone asks us a favor? Is it “Oh, no, I really don’t need this now”? If so, we’re in trouble. For when someone asks us a favor, it is the Creator asking us a favor — and since the Creator reads our minds, this thought is a slap in His face.
Moreover, there’s another problem…
The success of the world depends on us helping each other, boosting each other, encouraging each other. However, naturally, subconsciously, we are reluctant to help. So the Creator gives us a push. He sends us someone to ask a favor.
If we agree to do the favor, we are on our way. For through doing one good turn, and then another, we learn to become kind people — and all is well. But if we refuse, we injure ourselves. We miss the chance to be givers, to build the world and build ourselves — and we must suffer the consequences. We must sit in the prisons of those who know only to take.
Therefore, when someone asks us a favor, our response should be, Baruch Hashem, now I can do something for someone else — and something for myself.
By Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
Excerpted from “Be Happy and Succeed“. To buy this book as an ebook for $4.95 click here.
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