Below is a question and answer from a Thursday night lecture of Rabbi Avigdor Miller (zt"l) which I'm inviting you to consider.
If anyone you care about is not fully on "the way in" or is, HV"Shalom, on "the way out", please consider doing Mindful Mitzvahs and dedicating it to them--the only "cost" is your time.
And please share this with others, as you also will also receive great schar for the mitzvah of bringing others closer to Hashem for whatever they do!
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Rabbi Miller's question and answer:
Was Lot a tzaddik? If he was, then wasn't he just as good when he left Avrohom?
Lot was a great tzaddik even when he left of Avrohom, no question about it. You know that when Lot went to Sodom, and the malochim came to him and Lot welcomed them into his home, he was risking his life! He was a big tzaddik.Would you risk your life for hachnasas orchim? Lot did it! But you have to know even the greatest tzaddik, when he takes a step in the wrong direction, we don't care what he is, we look where he's headed too.
You know, there are a lot of people who are not frum, not religious, not observant, but they are on the way in. There are a lot of people that are observant but they are on the way out. And Hakadosh Baruch Hu is going to judge a man for the direction where his nose is pointing. Here is an Orthodox man with two long payos, with a kapoto. He looks like a real, genuine chossid, but his wife tells me that he's on the way out. Here is a young boy, doesn't know anything yet, he just put on a yarmulke, he walked in from the street, but his heart is turning towards Hashem; he's on the way in. Now if they would be matched together, he's a nobody, he doesn't know a thing! This man is knowledgeable, this man practices everything, this boy comes from a home where nothing is practiced, he barely keeps kashrus.
No. It depends in which direction you're headed, the man who's headed toHakadosh Baruch Hu, that's the one who's going to be chosen. Everything depends on the direction where a man is headed..