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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 7 Just A Thought To whom much is given, much is expected By RICK KRAFT What have you been given? I mean, what have you been blessed with? Your answer to this question would in- clude gifts and talents placed inside you when you were created. It would also include material or financial re- wards that you have received. Take time and think for a minute. If your young child or young grandchild jumped up into your lap and asked, "Daddy, what is special about you?" or "Grandma, do you have a lot?" How would you answer this ques- tion? We are told in the Bible in Luke I2:48 that "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked (NIV)" Or I like this modified and shortened version "To whom much is given, much is expected." What does this verse mean? How does this concept apply to your life? Do you fall into the category, "to whom much is given?" Let's explore this idea. When we see pictures and hear reports of chil- dren on the other side of the planet dying daily of starvation or be- cause of lack of water, it truly makes us stop and assess what we have been blessed with. Or con- sider the fact that half of the world live off two dollars ($2) or less a day (more than three billion people).. We take for granted the fact that each of us can count on hav- ing enough food to live through today. We can count on a roof over our head to keep us dry. We can count on a heating unit to keep us warm. We can count on medical attention if we are ill or hurt. We can count on an income so that we don't have to worry about starvation a week from now. We wake up each morning Rick Kraft "For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good thing s out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him." Each of us has many good things stored up in us. And I believe that each of us has overflow...or should have overflow. If you don't believe you have overflow, you need to look again and create overflow. Our lives should not be lived as dams where we stockpile what we have been blessed with, it should be lived like a flowing river where we take the blessings given to us and pass them along to oth- ers. To whom much is given, much is expected. Each one of us must come to the realization that as it pertains to gifts and talents, what we give lives on after we are gone, but what we receive dies with us. We really don't need to look very far to find how much we have been blessed. As the old hymn goes, "Count your many bless- ings count them one by one." Too often we get so caught up in what we don't have and we miss the boat on what is important in this world. If we focus on our bless- ings, we will each live grateful lives and we can pour ourselves into the lives of others. Whether we are at peace with what we have or can't sleep at night worrying over what we don't have, we still have the same things. Our things don't change, but how we view our things shapes our world. I believe that you have been blessed with a lot, both materially and in your gifts and talents. The question here is what is expected of you because of the blessings you have re- ceived? My challenge to you today is first to be grateful for what you have. Possess an attitude of grati- tude. You are likely in the top 2- knowing we will have a ben to at the end of the day 3% of the world in your material .sleePToin whom //i/ibh' ''"g]'ii; '"weatlh'''Y-ur education has likely much is expected, equipped you better than most of So each of us has been given different things in different quan- tities. Some are easy to measure such as material belongings.-Oth- ers are hard to measure, such as the gift of compassion or leader- ship. A financial statement will show a person's financial net worth. There is no printable state- ment that will quantify a person's gift/talent net worth. But the in- ternal gifts we possess are just as real and important as is the $100 in our bank account. If you have been given a beautiful voice, you have been given much. What is expected of you? If you have been given the ability to teach and impact oth- ers. What is expected of you? If you have been given fi- nancial or material gain, what is expected of you? I like this test, "The true mea- sure of a man is what he does for someone who can do nothing in return for him." This test makes sure that the giving is not "ma- nipulative" giving. It avoids giv- ing with the concept "I am giv- ing because I expect something in return." Or I call it "uncondi- tional" giving. Matthew 12:34b-35 tells us. the world and allows you to step through doors that will not open for others. But more importantly, you have had gifts and talents put into you that you did nothing to receive. Then, once yo u assess what you have been given, ask your- self the question, "What is ex- pected of me because of what I have been given?" The third ques- tion falls right in line, "What am I giving?" The more you have been blessed with, the more God ex- pects of you. That is why He equipped you with what you have. To whom much is given, much is exlSected... Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@ kraftandhunter, com mailto :thekraftlawfirm @ aol. com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Email us at hcherald @ aznex.net or hcherald @ hotmail.com For All Your A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy MARGARET MARTINEZ GOMEZ/Cfifton and MARY HELEN MARTINEZ ESTRADA/.ordsburg Mrs. Olivia Wells and her school class at Wilson School, located in L0rdsburg's historic N0rthside neighborhood, early 1930s. Identity of students not available. Gila National Forest announces retirements Courtesy submission tinued in that department for al- Forest Supervisor Dick most 18 years until she retired. Markley has an- nounced two Gila National Forest re- tirements. "When- ever we have em- ployees that retire, I always 'feel for- tunate that the Forest has had many years of the very best from these individuals. Their many years of expertise and dedicated public service'is to be ad- mired; I wish both Jeanne and Paul a very happy and Jeanne Libby fullfilling retire- ment," says Markley. From 2004 to 2006, Jeanne One of the Rdfirebs,'Jdtnn servdd as the HR Officer before Lbby began her federal carer HR was centralized in the na- in 1981 working for the Veter- tional office in Albuquerque in ans Administration (V.Ak.) 2006. At Medical Center in Hot Springs, this time, South Dakota. When hter Je an n e spouse, Steve, who worked ffor b e c a m e the Forest Service was rears- the HR signed to another location, s]he L i a i s o n resigned from the V.A. Shorltly for the after this move but still in South Gila, the Dakota, she began her Forest Lincoln Service career with the Blatck National Hills National Forest in South Forest in Dakota in the Human Resources N e w (HR) Department. M e x i c o, In 1991, Jeanne and Steve and the moved to Silver City where Apache- Steve continued his Forest Ser- Sitgreaves vice career with the Gila Na- National tional Forest. In 1992, Jeanne Forest in resumed her Forest Service ca- Arizona. reer in HR on the Gila and con- This Liai- Paul Randall Are you tired of bringing your computer in to be fixed over and over again? 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Paul Randall, Assis- tant Fire Management Officer on the Glenwood Ranger District, retired the end of February after missed," said Pat Morrison, Glenwood District Ranger. Randall's career started in 1987 as a summer temporary employee on the Glenwood Ranger District. His summer employment included working on Engine 436 with numerous Fire assignments across the west. His first permanent po- sition was on the Glenwood Dig- trict as Engine Foreman. Dur- ing this period, Paul enjoyed assisting the Ranger Districts on prescribed burns all over the Forest, on fire assignments throughout the nation, and serv- ing on the New Mexico Inter- agency Management Team. His favorite memories are of all the great people he met on the Gila and the fun they serving 20 years in Fire Man- shared. Paul plans to PUrsue his agement with the Forest Ser- vice. 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