October 25, 2001
A Portion of Parshat Lech Lecha
God tells Abraham to pack his bags. "Leave the land where you were born and move to a country that I will show you," God says. And Abraham leaves everything that has been familiar to him and goes to a strange land. Here he has to meet his new neighbors, and Sarah has to figure out where market is!
Have you ever moved? Have you ever had to leave your old friends behind and make new ones? It's a scary thing to do. You have to go out there with confidence and say: "Here I am! Be my friend! I belong here too!" This is what you must do whenever you begin something new. Don't hesitate. Don't let fears stop you from taking on a new challenge. Sometimes, like Abraham, you won't know where you're going to end up. But that shouldn't stop you, either. So, get on that bike! Start that karate class! Call up that kid you like and ask him to come over! And think of Abraham. Remembering his courage will help you to find yours.