Rav Avigdor Miller on Practice Makes Perfect

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Q:
The Rabbi spoke tonight about the obligation that is incumbent upon all of us to think about Hashem all the time. Now for many of us here that’s a bit farfetched. How can we accomplish such a difficult thing? 

A:
So this gentleman is saying that it’s difficult. That’s your question, isn’t it? Well, the fact that something is difficult does not mean that it’s not possible. And practice makes perfect. So you keep on trying, and the more you’ll do it, you’ll see, the easier it becomes. It’s only difficult in prospect, but once you begin, it becomes easier.

Now, the Torah is given for everybody – even for the lowest people. So the lowest people, if they make their way through life and they forget about Hakodosh Boruch Hu sometimes, so they’re not considered guilty of heinous sins. But better people are expected to expand that avodah, that service, and to do it in a more general way to include everything that they do.

And therefore, ואהבת את השם אלוקיך has an infinite number of levels. Let’s say, a poshuta hard working Jew, an ignoramus, comes home from work and he loves Hakodosh Boruch Hu briefly, and then he forgets about Him, so he fulfilled the mitzvah. He loved Him a little bit. At least when he says the words ואהבת את השם אלוקיך he should try to love Hashem. At least that he can do!  And if you’re a great man, you’ll love Him more. And if you’re really a truly great man, you’ll be thinking about Him all the time. So it’s אלו דברים שאין להם שיעור, it’s one of those things that has no limit. But the fact that it might be difficult in the beginning is not an excuse to avoid becoming great.
TAPE # 19 (April 1974)