Every person must say, “The world was created for me” (Sanhedrin 37a).
What does that mean? It means that every person is important—and especially you. It’s true. You come first. The world was created for you. The only thing is, as Rebbe Nachman explains, this privilege carries responsibility. Because the world was created for you, you must see to its rectification. You are responsible for the world.
Rebbe Nachman teaches us, “Since the world was created for me, it is my responsibility to look after and have in mind the betterment of the world at all times, to fill the needs of the world and to pray for its inhabitants.” (Likutei Moharan I: 5:1).
At any and all times, you can choose to do whatever you want to do. It’s just a matter of acting responsibly. It’s that simple.
Adapted from Rebbe Nachman and YOU, by Chaim Kramer