"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Saturday, August 1, 2009

What's in a dash?

One can barely see the dash between 1824 and 1905...but it is there. This was Franz Heinrich Stallkamp, until he came to the United States, then he 'Americanized' his name. He is also the first on my mother's side of the family that came to the United States.

That dash reveals nothing that has happened since his death, nor does it record anything that happened in his lifetime. My question to you is this: Are you sacrificing family time for accomplishments and financial gains that will never make it on your final marker?

As I have had a whirlwind trip visiting so many family members I have reflected on my life and of those I grew up with. As I type this post I am content with what my dash will reveal. I will have lived a quiet life of relative anonymity, yet in a role that I have loved ever so dearly. I will have left a mark on that dash that will continue to the generations beyond.

As for Francis Stallkamp, a founder of Delphos Ohio, I am a reflection of his dash. His life was not in vain as far too numerous descendants speckle our great nation. I was a bit surprised at how many people still knew who he was a century later, and I stood a littler taller as I thought of how many volumes would fill in his dash...yet he sought neither money nor fame~Just my thoughts this evening.



jAne said...

I've enjoyed "following you" during this adventure, Jenn. :o)

The dash. Hm. Yes, to know the value and worth of that dash .. to live for righteousness and full life with *people*, not career or non-eternal interests...

jAne at tickleberryfarm.blogspot.com

Susan said...

Good, sincere thoughts.

That simple dashed will be judged, for all of us, by He who is the Alpha & the Omega. May we all remember that each and every day. He gives us that time between those two dashes.