Which are more important, our actions or our intentions?
We establish and change our life by deeds. The way to Hell is paved with mere intentions. Deeds speak louder than words. Feelings are too feeble. But, after the fact, deeds are the essence of our action!
G^d wanting our heart means our intent. But He doesn’t desire so instead of our reparative actions. Life is not a philosophy class.
G^d isn’t a moody idle that must be pleased. Otherwise, serving Him would be idol worship. All deeds and actions we do ‘for Him’ are for our good.
Jews discovered the Angels’ secret is: first do, then get it. Often, we only (deeply) understand after acting. Stop protesting, first, try (the harmless). We can reevaluate the deed after the (f)act if it turns out worthless or bad.
The Sages teach that being unable to complete a task doesn’t mean that we are exempt from trying or making a beginning for others to finish.
To love people is not to feel good about them. That is sentimental, selfish hedonism. To love is to act so that the beneficiary feels loved, to be loving.
If we don’t help perfect the world, we’re destroying it.
Zeal and love for G^d’s Commandments give us great lives. The Sages teach that the [first] reward for a good deed is [that we did] a good deed!
Fear of Heaven should be like a seat belt. It should not restrict us too much but at crucial moments prevent us from hasty actions we’d regret forever.
The coarse, natural, terrestrial wins it from the sublime, supernatural, heavenly because the glory of Free Will only can exist in the former context.