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. - ' n --- _ lOllWllmHmltaUlUUlll_ ,lnnlunillml$1nllUllUlllUninvWUllUllU HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD Just A Thought Staying away from the tree of temptation By RICK KRAFT Temptation. It exists for each of us. None of us has been given an "immunity card." It is out there every day of our life. It all began with the first temptation of Adam and Eve. You see, Adam would rtot have com- mitted the first sin had he not gone near the tree. He put himself into the "zone of temp- tation" by acts prior to the original sin. There were countless other trees in the Garden of Eden that Adam could have eaten from. There was one tree from Rick Kraft which he was forbidden. Isn't it the same in each of our lives? We have unlimited directions that we can move and experience life without the least trace of a temp- tation, yet in a forest of many trees we walk right up next to the tree that holds the greatest temp- tation and the one with the most danger. Several years ago my family was visiting the Silver Dollar City amusement park in Branson." Missouri. As we were walking from one ride to another, we came upon a wooden building that had a two inch-round hole in it about three feet above the ground. If this were all there was, we would have walked right by without a second thought. Instead. a sign had been placed above the hole in big bold let- ters that read, "DO NOT LOOK THROUGH THIS HOLE." Of course curi- osity got the best of us and we each bent down and looked through the hole. Obviously, seeing what was on the other side of the hole was an innocent act. but it illustrates the message that I am communi- cating to you. But for the high- lighted restriction placed on the hole, we would not have given it a second thought. What temptations do we ex- perience on a daily basis? Al- though many temptations-exist, what we do with them depends on us. Each of us has the power to resist every one of them. We make countless choices. Temptation is usually a choice for immediate satisfaction, but it completely ignores long term consequences. It may get you through the moment, but the long term. consequences can be devas- tating. Thb consequences of yielding to temptation can be as severe as the end of a family or the end of a life. When I hear about a teenager getting in trouble at one o'clock on a weekend morning for some- thing that he or she claims wasn't their fault, the first question I ask is. "What were they doing out at one in the mornrng?" Whether they got injured because they were with the wrong group or were arrested because the indi- vidual they were with got drunk and committed a crime. I wonder why the "innocent teenager" was there in the first place. In other words, if you are going to make the choice to go near the tree, you make the choice Foster,, ado[ :ive parents needed in New Mexico Subrnitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- 'ference in the life of a child. Join us for an infornation meeting to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz. CYFD Foster & Adoptive" Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.0rg. Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Our Names are Moranda and Jeffrey Moranda, almost 15 and her brother Jeffrey, almost 14 are looking for a permanent, loving, place to call home. Moranda and Jeffrey are not currently placed together, but ef- forts are under- way'to reunite them. Morana is best described as smart and car- ing with a won- derful personal- ity. She is cre- ative and intelli- gent, and dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Due to these children's history of abuse, neglect and aban- donment, Moranda (and Jeffrey) are in- creasingly less hopeful that they will find their forever home, and any prospec- tive family will need to be adapt- able to their indi- vidual needs, wants and desires, and have a great deal of patience as they learn to trust adults. Moranda and Jef- frey have several other siblings with whom they will need to re- main in contact with over the years, in the hopes that this rela- tionship can eventually become more healthy and productive. A good fit for Moranda and Jeffrey would be a two parent home with no other children so that they can receive undivided love and atten- tion. Moranda loves music, danc- ing, and going shopping. She would do well with a female role model who would be willing to engage with and support and en- courage her natural talents and abilities. Jeffrey is a delightful, shy, young man who truly wishes to be adopted into a permanent loving home. He loves being outcJoors, and is active, friendly' and intelligent. He is curious and inquisitive, and likes to try new things (with encourage- ment). Jeffrey gets along very well with others, and makes friends easily. Due to his and his sister's history, he can be mistrustful of adults, and can tend to di.sbe- lieve them-so dOn't make to enter the "zone of temptation," or a "zone of danger." We generally know in ad- vance where the trees of tempta- tion are in our lives. What temp- tations are you experiencing in your life? Do you have to go near a tree of temptation on a daily basis or can you make changes that will keep you from nearing the "temptation zone?" The Bible tells us in James 1:13-14. "When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, heis dragged away and enticed." It further states in 1 Corinthians 10:t3. "NO temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful: he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." From time to time I hear people laugh and say the old Flip Wilson line, "the Devil made me do it." Wrong! We are each in con- trol of our own lives. The Devil promises you , "  ,doesu t make us do anything, he can t  I "   ' .. e4; . 0nlC'iSrovid' dpportunities for Both Jeffrey us to make thewrong decision. Moranda Jeffrey and Moranda do well in school, though they will need ongoing en- couragement. and a family who will ac- tively engage with them as they both tend to struggle with math in particular. Jef- frey wolald do very well with a father figure willing to spend, quality time with him and- who will take an active interest in pro- viding him wit.h support, guidance and who will be a good role model. No out of State families will be considered for these children. Fully approved and licensed families are encouraged to con- tact: Scott Temple Adoptions Consultant/Placement Specialist 505-476 5403 scott.temple@ state.nm.us The Devil didn't make Adam eat the apple, neither did Eve. Adam chose to eat the apple. We must be accountable for our own deci- sions. We each choose what we do. To blame it on any, other indi- vidual is a poor excuse to trans- fer blame. I think that one of the big- gest problems we face in today's world is the lack of holding our- selves accountable. We hear things like. "It was my parent"s fault" or "If he hadn't of done such and such it wouldn't have happened." There is a lack of ac- countability in today's society. There is the tack of individuals stepping forward and saying, "It was my fault" My challenge to you today is first to identify the trees of temp- tation in your life. Next, make a conscious decision to stay away from those trees if at all possible. You can't yield to temptation if you stay away from the zone of temptation to begin with. You can't pick an apple if you don't go near the tree. 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 @ kraftandhuntfT , f?t Is 00loney Tight? We want to make you a loan Apply in person or call today! |100-|2000 6ENTRY FINANGE 205 E. eNO STNEET LOROSDUN6. NM 575-542-8066 A Picture From Submil Five 1966 graduates from Western New Mexico University with ties to Lordsburg FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009 7 he Past ted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Gary Andersen i LHS Class of 1960) Nancy Earney (LHS Class of 1962) Will Lackey (owner of Lackey's Fashion Cleaners) Beth Lytle (LHS Class of 1962) Emma Saucedo (LHS Class of 1960) 212 E. 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