Last week I posted about the holidays. Not to be partial to my own faith and stripe, but I'd like to go back to the historical description of the Chanukah story. Pretty interesting tale, considering our friends in the Greek Orthodox community have never ONCE claimed that the story offended their ethnic heritage in any way. One would think that during Chanukah, none of us would be able to set foot in Astoria, Queens, much less order any baklava. Instead, it appears that they've sort of shrugged it off, and left us to enjoy our latkes in peace! :)
But the reason I discuss it is because the Maccabees were not the favorites to win that war. Not by a long shot. Most of the Jewish population was loving the new Hellenstic ways, and wanted to be absorbed in them. They had a much smaller force than the Greeks, and most likely lacked the same training that their soldiers had.
But the Maccabees were not afraid. They knew only that they wanted to stay true to their faith and not permit further desecration of the Temple. They might lose, but they also might actually win.
So should it be with us. Do you have a shot to make a big change? To win a big case? To earn a big payday? But is there a possibility it might not happen in spite of your effort? Do it anyway! If you've prepared for a possible loss, then there's no real cost involved. But what if you WIN?
It does happen, believe it or not. It's just better if you believe.