Our friend Jim Murray is a former pastor who has made a complete turnaround. Not only has he given up the pulpit, but after learning about real emuna, he gave up xianity. If that's not enough, he's now distributing emuna CDs in his area. Jim recently read an article we wrote - with no holds barred - about personal holiness. Here's how he reacted:
"Thank you for addressing the subject of personal holiness in such clear and plain terms. Nowhere else have I found this matter dealt with in such an honest and frank manner. I've found that "guarding" my eyes is a tremendous help in keeping my heart from lusting after what isn't for me (not that I've arrived, or ever will, but when I'm mindful of the fact that Hashem loves me, that He's with me always and that He wants me to draw even closer to Him by keeping my eyes from looking at anything that will cause my heart to wander from His side, even for a few fleeting moments of "pleasure", I redouble my efforts to "not look". This may sound silly, but one of the things I do is wear a baseball cap pulled down low on my forehead with the brim curved sharply on either side of my eyes - like blinders on a horse - when I go out of the house. I know it may sound silly, but it works for me. Rabbi Brody speaks of our bodies being like mules that can trample our souls. Well if blinders can work on beasts of burden keeping them from "distractions" and under their master's complete control, my "beast" can be kept from "distractions" and under my soul's guidance (ultimately, Hashem's guidance) as well, sparing my soul as many new scars as I possibly can, considering I did considerable damage to it before I discovered emuna)... I'm so grateful to Hashem for all of you. I pray for you daily. Thank you for Breslev Israel and for Lazer Beams. For the first time in my life I know that Hashem loves me, that everything in my life comes from His loving Hand, that everything He does is for the very best, and that He does what He does for a specific purpose, namely to lead me closer to Himself. Baruch Hashem!"
Thanks so much for you feedback, Jim. We wish you all the very best.
Also featured this week:
The Spoiled Child by Rabbi Shalom Arush
Neural Pathways by Dr. Zev Ballen
It's Mall Over by Rivka Levy
Picture Perfect by Chaya Ovadia
Make Your Choice by Yael Karni
This week's Torah portion is Vayakhel-Pekudei; check out Picture of My Beloved by Rabbi Dovid Charlop.
Big Bright Beams Blessings for a wonderful week!