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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD Just A Thought The process of guarding your heart By RICK KRAFT "Above all etse. guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life." Words of wisdom from a single verse about halfway through the Bible at Proverbs 4:23. Why did one of the wisest men who ever lived, King Solomon, pen these words in about 940 B.C.? These words were significant in his day and they remain significant today, three millenniums later. What does it mean to "'guard your heart?" It means that each of us should place a priority on our heart. We should be aware of what we al- low to have access. We should filter out or reject certain things. , Why would the term "guard" be used when talking about a heart? " It sounds like we need to use some form of "'heart protector" to ward off those things we don't want to make fl into our heart. But let me go back a step and begin' with the heart of the mat- ter. Why is our heart so impor- tant? Isn't it just another part of our human anatomy? We can live without a hand or a foot. We can exist without eyes or ears. Our life is over if we don't have a heart. It is truly the core of each of our existence. Moving from an anatomical level to an emotional level it is important for us to recognize the role our heart plays ha choices that we make. In trying to answer a tough decision we don"t say "what does your spleen tell you?" or "follow your elbows." We say consider what your heart tells you. And we see our heart differ- ent than any other important part of our body. We say "Use your brain,, but we don't say "Use your heart." We see our brain as some- Rick Kraft thing that is needed to think through tough situations, we see our heart as something that is tied to feelings or emotions. For ex- ample, tears come from your heart. not your brain. Falling in love is a heart thing, not a brain function. When we lose a loved one, our "heart is broken" When we are experienc- ing a difficult time we say "My heart is heavy." We share with others things like "your are in my heart forever," "'hide it in your heart." and "I had a change of heart." The greatest treasures are those invisible to the eye but found by the heart. A person becomes a Christian by inviting God into her heart. Moses wrote at Deuteronomy 11:18 and 19. "Fix the words of God in your hearts and minds.., teach them to your 6hildren.'" Our heart is so important for so many reasons. Most of the decisions we make are driven by what is in our heart. They include an emotional tangent. We use or brains regularly, and much of our life is driven by a logical thought process, but we live in an emo- tional world. We see a starving child on television or a homeowner look- ing at his home that was destroyed by a tornado and we feel emotions as our heart sinks. We order a big fat juicy steak for dinner or have big weekend planned ahead and we feel emotions as our heart jumps. What. advice do we give oui" youth about their hearts? We try to teach our young common sense, but they regularly fight the battle of brain over heart just as we do. What I am saying is that when a fifteen year old is offered drugs, he has to decide between i t t Foster, adoptive .parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD gage in team sports, Thomas is Becoming a foster or adop- an active young man and he is tive parent can make a huge dif- always willing to join adults in ference in the life of a child, outdoor activities like hiking and Join us fo  o-' ;.,;- , swinuninm Thomas is knowR to meeting  tb be ' . ave a good sense ,of humor; but held this month he is not very of February in outgoing and socially he your area. Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more in- formation or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.org. 'Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a. New Mexico Youth Thomas . Age 13 Grade: 8  in the Fall Thomas s a fun-loving, ar- tistic teen who likes to learn new things and to use his hands to does better with small groups of people. Tho- mas loves ani- mals and is very kind to them. Since school is not his favorite thing, Thomas will need sup- port and en- couragement to study and to complete as- Thomas signments. Thomas would benefit from a song male role model and a gentle mother figure. He has a sister with whom he will need to stay in touch. Thomas has a lot to offer a family with the patience and un- derstanding he requires to be and do his best. his knowledge that drugs are bad and his emotions that he wants to fit in with his peers. Adults have this same deci- sion when they have the choice between getting into a car with a person who has been drinking alcohol or finding another ride home. Logic or common sense takes us one way and emotion or relationship feelings move us another. It is a constant battle. So how do we guard this very important element of our existence? First we recognize that we control what we put into our heart. Some things belong there, others don't. As adults we are re- sponsible for what we put into our hearts. There is no one else we can blame. As children we were dependent on adults over us, but as we grow the decision of what enters our heart moves from oth- ers to ourselves. What is it that you allow into your heart? Is it (vholesome or is it junk? Would you be disap- pointed if you had a young child who put into his heart what you are putting into yours? Since your heart is the wellspring of your life, are you even protect- ing your heart? In some instances our heart will follow what we treasure. At Matthew 6:21, we are told "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." I heard a speaker say once that if there is any material thing that you don't think you can part with, your trea- sure is in something material. My challenge to you today is to guard your heart. It is your heart that drives your life. Your heart leads you into and out of relationships. It leads you into a faith relationship. It causes you to cry or to get angry. Your heart will make more decisions for you than you may realize. Yonr heart is the very sole of your existence. Where your heart goes, so go you. To change your life, change your heart. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with your heart. If you protect your heart thah you can follow Princess Diana's advice, "Only do what your heart tells you." Guard your heart, it is the wellspring of your life. .... Just a thought... R'ibk Kr'afi"s a moivatiohal speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkr aft @ kra_ftandhunte r. c o m mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ aol.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. GET CASH for your GOL',3! Gold jewelry, scrap, broken pieces, dental, i A Picture From The Past FRI DAY, JULY 15, 2011 7 Submitted-by EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg )n of a great historic building: The evoluti [unior High School (now known as The Enrichment Center) The old Lordsburg High School and build, draw or fix things. AI- For more information about any Cnditin- Rk',,Rk" though he can be self-sufficient, adopting or fostenng through the Thomas also enjoys helping with New Mexico Children, Youth and 575-639-2484 chores and doing activities or Families Department, please visit C_TTA__ .. .... .projects that his foster parents www CYFD.org or call 1-800- -..U 1- NUUE plan. Although he does not en- 432-2075. . 21 4 [. Mold DRIVE I00,now someone who could use a Sentimental Surprise? We ILave a wide variety of JUST,.IE Tloral J00rrangements & 00iftsl , U )T a. Free Delivery in As us about our Lordsburg! . 542-88 80 214 E. MOTEL DRIVE IN LORDSBURG I The original structure with pitched roof - 1927 ] ,;3 i- -TE(D,ST = : H IGH-DCHXgL- bUILDIHG- :,It .x , t.dlmtt- - L@ZDIblJEG - - NEW MEXICO. i ........................ Architects Trost & Trost's rendition of the proposed enlarged b ilding - 1927, with newly designed flat roof. The design also included a large auditorium with stage iNthe rear of the building. The "new" Lordsburg High School after the building was ehlarged - notice the flat roof - 1930. A Hidalgo County HERALD 212 E, Motel Drive Lordsburg, NM 880, Name Address - City State, Zip I i www.innsuite $30 per year H O T E L S S U I T E S SPRING , :, L1 Phoenix, Tempe Yuma Io Tucson (2) OntariolLA/Disneyland. Albuquerque. Ft. WorthlDFW S69s,,,o $79..es Presidential Jacuzzi Suites add $20 Subject to projected Expires Aug. 30, 2011 00s.com ire B #" FREE Breakfast Buffet Social Hour Hi-Speed Internet 1-888-1NNSUITES