by Diana Marie Winkler on January 17, 2016

                                          “WE ARE CALLED NOT TO BE SUCCESSFUL, 

                                           BUT TO BE FAITHFUL”

                                                BLESSED MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA



 As I grow older and have conversations with others in our “twilight” years I can at times hear their sighs of realizing the cost of the world’s view of success, the breakdown of family relations, unfulfilled goals and health issues.

For at least a couple decades we bought into the world’s view of what constitutes success. It was called the American Dream. Looking back, my generation of the American Dream and that of my grandparents are worlds apart. Many were immigrants wanting a job, that they searched out, a roof over their families’ heads, which may have included their extended family, and food on the table. So, what happened to that version of the American Dream and the one we were sold?

      We bought into the hype “more is better” no matter what the cost….and boy, the price has been high! Families started having fewer kids, but needed newer and bigger homes with more bedrooms…I cherish the times as I watched my sister, Tracy, get ready for a date or the many nights we talked lying in the same bed. Those memories were the reasons my two sons shared a room even though there were enough bedrooms. Nobody wanted “used” or old any longer whether it be cars or clothes. Got tired of something…..it was replaced.

     Is it okay to have all what I just mentioned? Yes, as long as it does not become a burden or others do not suffer because of it. Are you or someone in the household having to deflect the calls of the collection agency? Matthew 6:24 says, “No man can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other or be attentive to one and despise the other. You cannot give yourself to God and money”. Once again, it is okay to have nice “things” as long as we do not lose sight of being faithful to what the Lord asks of us. “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, I was ill and you comforted me, in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35,36.   **Note: when you read the word, prison, do not always look at it as an incarceration because of a crime. There are many who are living in a prison within themselves because of mental illness, addictions or the affects of war.

     Use that which you have been blessed, whether monetary or knowledge, to help those in need. Doing so, will make you feel very successful. Strive to be successful at being faithful!








Diana Marie Winkler – The shepherd’s daughter®

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