MENOMINEE - This is the last of my trilogy of articles focusing on our grandparents, parents, and now us. As I had previously stated, our grandparents and parents succeeded in building and preserving a nation, and vowed that their children would never have to endure what they had struggled through. They, in turn, gave much to their children to make up for what they never had.
This noble endeavor backfired, as some of their children learned to replace their faith in God with "faith" in material things. Rather than the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments, ideas such as, "If it feels good, do it." and "What's in it for me?" surfaced and grew.
Faith in God was decreasing and eventually lost for some. I see so many people searching for something to fill the void that a lack of faith causes; their search expanding to various lifestyles such as drugs, alcohol, and gambling. These practices are replacing the faith that our grandparents and parents used to sustain them through difficult times.
Families are torn apart; lives are lost. When does one reach the point in their lives when they finally realize that what they are doing isn't working? I don't know where this point lies; but there is hope for those that want to honestly evaluate their lives.
This hope can give you a fulfilled life and replace the search. Instead of drifting without a sail, set a new course for your life. Why not try the Compass of Life?
So what is this compass? This compass is called faith, putting your life in God's hands.
Turn to God and ask for His help.
Here are some helpful suggestions for those of you that might be interested:
1) Friend - You might want to talk to a friend of yours that attends a local church and ask how he/she gets through tough times.
2) Talk to God wherever you are. Tell Him your problems, your concerns, and your worries.
3) Church - Attend a service at a local church, or just stop by at the church and sit. Let your mind be open.
If what you're doing is not working, maybe it is time to try something different. Begin to connect with what your parents and grandparents embraced. Put "faith" in God/Higher Power in your lives.
Dan Paul is the administrator at Menominee Catholic Central Elementary School. His columns, which explore family relationships, are published monthly in Lifestyles.