08/15/2010 06:54 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Thing Greater Than Me: A 'Jewel of Elul' By Lady Gaga

Editor's note: There is a great Jewish tradition to dedicate the 29 days in the month of Elul to study and prepare for the coming high holy days. The time is supposed to challenge us to use each day as an opportunity for growth and discovery. On each of the 29 days of Elul, performer Craig Taubman posts a "jewel," or story, from some of today's most celebrated visionaries. Past contributors include President Barack Obama, Desmond Tutu, Sarah Lefton, Eli Wiesel, Deepak Chopra, Ruth Messinger, and Jeffrey Katzenberg -- among many others. Today's reflection comes from Lady Gaga:

It's hard to believe that G-d hasn't been watching out for me when I've had so many obstacles with drugs, rejection and people not believing in me.

It's been a long and continuous road. But it's hard to just chalk it all up to myself.

I have to believe there's something greater than myself.

Lady Gaga, an American recording artist, has sold over 15 million albums and over 40 million singles worldwide (

If Question: If you had to name the number-one motivating force driving your life forward, what would it be?