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Dubno Maggid - Clearing The Debris Is A Thankless Job!
A devastating fire completely destroyed a house in the city, and the owner was left destitute and penniless.  His kind neighbors found him a small cellar for him to live with his family.  Their conditions were terrible.  Each day they dumped all the garbage that accumulated in the cellar on the site of their old burned down home.  The pile of garbage on the site grew higher day by day.

One day the plight of this family came to the attention of a wealthy minister in the city.  In his goodness he told them to clean up the site and he will rebuild a home for them, far more beautiful than the original one.

Cleaning up the site was no easy task.  The owner worked very hard and even hired an expensive cleaning crew to collect and haul away all the garbage that had accumulated.  After the lot was cleaned up, the minister kept his promise and built for them a beautiful new house.

After the house was up, it came to the minister's attention that the owner was showing off to people that he and the minister split the expenses of building the new house.  Really annoyed at the owner's audacity, the minister called him and demanded an explanation.

The owner justified his attitude by explaining how much work he put into cleaning the site and showing him copies of the bills totalling an enormous amount of money.  "Fool!" screamed the minister.  "Who created the mess if not you?  All I asked was for you to clean up the mess.  The beautiful house was built by me alone!"

The Dubno Maggid explains that sometimes we feel very proud of our Avodas Hashem.  We stop doing and speaking things we shouldn't.  We work on our Middos.  At the end we feel like we deserve a great reward for it.  "Fool!" says Hashem.  This was a mess that you yourself created and you don't deserve credit for cleaning it up.
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