During a farbrengen on Yud Tes Kislev, a Mashpia said that a Chasid needs to “kill yourself a little for Chassidus” It was a powerful farbrengen that left a huge impression on me.
a) A Chasid must do everything possible to fulfill the requests of the Rebbe, since all the directives of the Rebbe a meant to bring a person closer to Hashem and Avodah.
b) If you are successful, you are no better than any other Chasid because you were created to do this. If anyone else was create with the passion, skills, and determination that Hashem has given you, they most likely would do a better job. This is the first step toward bittul (self nullification) and humility.
“Would it kill you to learn a little more? Would it kill you to daven a little slower? Would it kill you to prepare yourself for a few seconds before making a bracha or fulfilling a mitzvah?”
A Jew once asked the Rebbe during Yechidus how he could be a Chasid of the Rebbe. He said that he doesn’t dress like the Chassidim or follow the same minhagim as the Chassidim but he wants to be a Chasid of the Rebbe.
The Rebbe said something very profound that puts being a Chasid into perspective.
The Rebbe said,
“A Jew who does a little more tomorrow than they did today is a Chasid”
We all have struggles in this world. Whether it is Tirdas HaParnasah (Financial Concerns) or a lack of inspiration in our Avodas Hashem (Spiritual Service), we are all able to overcome obstacles through the learning of Chassidus and hiskashrus to the Rebbe
We should all be blessed to experience an immediate and complete redemption B’Karov Mamash!