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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY r SEPTEMBER 162011 7 Just A Thought Hul ng people hurt people By RICK KRAFT My wife and I have a little black and white big eared, pink tongued Boston Terrier named "Buddy McGee." From time to time he does something wrong. When he does he gives himself away, visibly showing his guilty conscience. He lowers his head and his whole body trembles when he knows we found out his misdeed. He demonstrates :"guilty" every step he takes. We generally don't need to look far to find out what he did that he shouldn't have. Once learning his wrong act, it is hard to discipline a dog that, out of guilt, is visibly shaking already. Dogs are programmed dif- ferently than us hu- mans. This may be a _good thing. As to humans, it is generally hard to know what is going on inside people, especially those we don't know well. We try to read others by listening to the words they speak and observing the actions they take. We try to determine what is in their heart. Sometimes we are successful and sometimes we fail miserably. But we know that whatever is in the heart is what determines the person. There is a saying, "What hap- pens in the closet evidences it- self in the marketplace?" I inter- pret this to mean what we allow to manifest itself in the secrecy of our hearts will play out publically in actions we take. The Bible tells us the impor- tance of the heart. In Proverbs 4:23 we are told "Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and Rick Kraft above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of fife." A heart filled with love will see the world differently than a heart filled with anger. A hnmble heart will result in different behavior than an arrogant one. Our heart controls what" we speak. We are told in Matthew 15:18, "But what comes out of .the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man." And at Luke 6:45, "A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart." So we should pro= tect our heart and what is-in our heart will evi- dence itself through our words and actions. What happens when a heart is filled with guilt? It can lead to blam- ing another for something that is not another person's fault. Guilt can overwhelm a person. It can destroy relationships. It can cause poor decisions in every as- pect of one's life. It can cause events to occur that would other- wise be unexplainable. God didn't create us with "guilt meters" that are visible pri- vately to ourselves on the palm of our hand or visible to others in the middle of our forehead. It is not up to me to question the way God made us. Accordingt0 the Bible in Genesis 5:1, "In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God." Ob- viously God didn't need a guilt meter since guilt is not an emo- " tion God experiences. We can avoid guilt or mini- Lois DeLong is featured artist at Hearst Gallery mize guilt by making good deci- sions. One decision is not to sin. We can stay away from places of sin that wewalk too close to. For example, if Adam had not gone near the forbidden apple tree in the Garden of Eden, he would not have eaten an apple from it. What I am saying is that if we stay out of places that cause us to make wrong decisions, we can reduce the likelihood of having to deal with guilt issues. But guilt is something that possesses us to varying degrees, depending on the steps we have walked on our journey of life. When guilt has a hold of a person's heart, the person's entire world is controlled by the guilt. Often timeguilt leads to anger. Guilty inner issues can cause one to strike out at others. It is the saying, "hurting people hurt people" I seek to not be a hurt- ing person, but I interact with many walking this journey in my legal practice. Recognizing the person I am dealing with is hurting, I remind myself that a symptom of a hurting heart is often to reach out and seek to hurt oth- ers. This is the 'same with guilt. People who feel guilty typically deal in" guilt when they deal with others, Guilt can also create a debtor relationship. A debtor• relationship is a relationship where one person owes another something. It can be evidenced by comments such as "I owe you an apology." It can cause a person to live in bondage. /Guilt can be handled in many ways. We are told in James 5:16, "Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." Confession to the one we have wronged or asking for forgiveness are meth- ods of handling guilt that can release us from the debtor rela- tionship: What is significant here is that our instructions in the book of James are to confess to one another, not just to God. Until • guilt is confessed, it can be very. hard to overcome. Confession and true forgiveness frees us from the bondage of guilt. My challenge to you is to not have a heart driven by guilt. Pro- tect your heart, guard it. Make good decisions. Don't make choices that allow guilt to enter Submitted by GRANT COUNTY ART GUILDSilver City This Frida3;, Saturday and Sunday Lois DeLong will be the fea- tured artist at the Grant County Art Guild Gallery at the Hearst Church in. Pines Altos. Lois DeLong paints landscapes, portraits and still life, often using imagery of the Southwest as her subjects. Her styl e is primarily realistic with a touch of impressionism,• using oil and water- color. In addition to the Hearst Gallery, her work can be seen at Gila Regional Medical Center, Running Horse Gallery, Silver Spirit Gal- lery and Lois DeLong Studio. The Hearst Church Gallery is the home for 40+ members of the Grant County Art Guild, who fill this historic building with the best in local art and handcrafted items. The gallery is oPen from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday tlarough October 2. Watch for information on the upcoming Purchase Prize Show which has drawn some of the best in New Mexico artists for an exhibit with $1,400 in prize money going to winning entries. There is great art showing now at the Hearst Church Gallery from the Grant County Art Guild members and the last weekends of the season will have an exciting new show awaiting your viewing. The Hearst Church is a historic and memorable building in our area. Original wood-beamed ceilings, an antique hearse and stained glass windows are all part of the scene. The tour of the building and gallery is welcomed and free of charge. the very core of your existence. We live in a world of rela- tionships. Our ability to engage in relationships is tied to what is in our heart. A guilt driven heart is no good for-you or for those you interact with. It could lead to its cousin, "anger," and this poor combination could play out with great negative consequences both to you and to others. There is only one perfect person who has ever walked our planet and He is not you. If you .have guilt inside you, confess it and ask for forgiveness. Move out of the debtor relationship into a healthy one. Just a thought.,. Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail , to rkraft@ kraftandhunter.com mailto :thekraftlawfirm @ aol. corn or "write to P.O. :Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. 212 E. Motel Drive Suite B Lordsburg, NM 88045 Name . . ' Address __ . City, State, Zip  , , / i i i Thank You to everyone brought gifts, called, ˘ongratulat;ed or shared out Wedding Day with us. Your friendship .made this special day one we will never forget. Duane & Juanita Brojer A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg • " Photo courtesy ESPERANZA "PANSY" MCDONALDILordsburg The McDonald Family, Pinos Altos, NM, circa 1923 The ancestors of Lordsburg's McDonald families emigrated from Ireland to the United States in the early 1900s. It is believed that they entered the country through Ellis island in New York. Descendants of the original McDonalds eventually traveled westward and settled in the Pinos Altos area and Lordsburg. Records also indicate that some of the McDonalds spent time in Janos, Chih., Mexico. Standing, left to right: Frances McDonald and Andrea Tortes McDonald. Andrea's husband, John McDonald, is seated holding baby Willie T. McDonal& Frances was the daughter of John and Andrea. Standing to John's left is their son John McDonald Jr., and on his right son Joe McDonald. John McDonald Jr. married Carolina Ozeta. Their children are: Suzie DeLaGarza, Angel McDonald, Lucy Crowder, Mary Villa, Maggie Ramirez; John McDonald (Lordsburg's former Chief of Police),' and Dorie McDonald. All siblings received their education in the Lordsburg schools. Willie T. McDonald married Esperanza Rivera.' Their children are Willie McDonald Jr., and Esperanza ('Tansy") McDonald. One son, Jimmie Joe McDonald, passed away in 1962. All three graduated from Lordsburg High School. • . Joe McDonald's family consisted of Joe McDonald Jr.; Freddie McDonald, Butch McDonald, Sue McDonald, and Robert McDonald. Spanish is our second language By RAY VIGILSocial Security Public Affairs Specialist in El Paso, Texas During National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, So- cial Security offices across the country will join in recognizing the many contributions of His panic Americans to the United states, and in celebrating His- r GET CASH Gold jewelry, scrap, broken pieces, dental, any condition, 8K-18K i 575-639-2484 C 0 TTACI E HOUSE 2 14 E. Motel DRIVE ' I We have all panic heritage and culture. Our website is recognized as being at the forefront for provid- ing information and services in Spanish. Find out why by visit- ing www.segurosocial.gov. The popular Spanish-language website offers a vast amount of information that is useful to people whose first language is Spanish. The www.segurosocial.gov website features more than 100 Spanish public information pam- phlets, leaflets, and fact sheets. The website also lets visitors use benefit calculators, sign-up for direct deposit, and. locate their nearest Social Security office. But one of the best features of the site is the new Spanish-lan- guage Retirement Estimator lo- cated at www.segurosocial.gov/ calculador. The Retirement Esti- mator allows visitors to receive an instant, personalized estimate of future retirement benefits. And what's better, visitors can try out different scenarios to see how they would change future benefits, like changing future wage esti- mates or retirement dates. It's a great tool for planning for the fu- ture. If you want to visit an office and speak with someone in Span- ish, we do have interpreter ser- vices available in the event that there is not a Spanish-speaking representative working in the of, rice. To learn about our interpreter services, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/espanol/ interpreter.htm. In addition, our national toll- free number (1-800-7,72-1213) provides automated prompts in Spanish for all callers. Toward the beginning of the call, you will be asked to continue in English or Spanish; it's as easy as that to get service in the language you're most comfortable with. So whether it is via the Internet, through face-to-face of- fice visits, or over our national 800 number, Social Security re- mains committed to providing quality service to an increasingly more diverse American public. This National Hispanic Heri- • tage Month, visit www.segurosocial.gov to learn about Social Security in Spanish. the tools to keep your Business ON TRACK & IN THE BLACK We offer Professional Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: # Payroll #Monthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation Financial Statements Bank Reconciliations B00OOKKi:00EPI I I 575-542-3"125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg I • €.