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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014 7 Just A Thought Testing of faith, adversity on the 3rd mile By RICK KRAFT Life starts on the inside and works its way out. The third mile is always the toughest. I am fresh on my first mile, I can hold my own on my second mile, I can taste the finish line on the fourth mile, but the third mile is always a challenge. Let me take a step back and explain. I try to do four early morn- ing four mile runs a week. When I run with another runner I don't run for time. But when I run on my own, I fol- low my GPS watch that tells me the dis- tance and pace I am running at as I run. I try to run a good pace on the first mile, then try to rattle off three more miles with each mile being at a faster pace than the first mile. It doesn't really matter how fast the first mile is, usually the second mile I am able to under- cut my mile one time. I am also able to finish strong on my fourth mile knowing that I can catch my breath when I am done. Oftentimes, my fourth mile is my fastest mile. It is that third mile that is always difficult. I am tired from finishing the first two miles and my motivation is down, as I know I have another mile behind it. I always have to work the hard- est on the third mile to make sure I stay true to my pace. Sometimes I think much of life is lived in the third mile. We get launched with a dream and high hopes. We maintain the vi- sion the best we can in our early years. I have not yet done my fin- ish line sprint, but if I believe if the end is in sight, I don't think it will be hard to finish strong. Yet I think most of life is lived in the third mile. So I was out running this morning and I was listening to a sermon where the pastor's mes- sage was that each of our faith will be tested. Before addressing the spiritual dimension of his mes- sage, let me speak generically. Week.!y brought to you b~, SPIRIT q t lida/go and [tida/go CounO, ttould Rick Kraft Life just keeps coming at us. And often we don't know what is around the corner ahead. We get up in the morning and we ven- ture off into our day not fully knowing what twists or turns our day will take. As I encounter each new day I wake up who I am and I perceive and respond to the day ahead based upon the journey I have traveled and the tools I have been equipped with. Each of us has a core of beliefs at the center of our being. We have all walked different paths, but where ever we are today is where we are today. Some of us are able to celebrate each day and others are battling major depression. We determine how we choose to ex- perience life and we find other people where we find them. What if we woke up each day, looked at our self in the mirror, "and said, "I am truly ready for whatever comes at me today?" You see, life is 10% what happens and 90% how we re- spond. Oftentimes we cannot con- trol the 10% that happens, but we can control how we respond to the 10%. What I am saying is that the same event can happen to two people and their responses can be totally different. For example, two people are driving to work and each gets cut off by another driver who is not paying attention. One driver dis- counts the event and doesn't let it ruin his day. He stays on a healthy track. The other driver shows up at work and cusses out his staff telling each one of them about the driver who ruined his day. You get the idea. The ability you have to handle matters when your faith is tested is a mixture of outside happenings and inside decisions based upon who you are down deep. What is the faith that you carry with you each day? What are the cornerstones of your life? Answer these questions honestly for me and they will tell me a whole lot about what makes you tick. The term cornerstone is de- -fined as "something of basic im- portance." It is the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation. It is important since all other stones will be set in ref- erence to this stone, thus deter- mining the position of the entire structure. There are at least six quotations on cornerstones in the Old Testament and six citations in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:20 that Jesus is the cornerstone of faith rather than a building. So however you define the cornerstone of your life, you would be best to have one. When your faith is tested, how do you respond? Does it drive you away from something or someone or does it bring you closer? Does it launch you into depression or cause you to rise higher? Is it taken in stride or do you stop on the dime? When your faith is tested do you push the panic or eject button or just keep on keeping on? You need to think aboui these questions in advance, be- cause it may be too late if the 10% happens and you are not ready. Recognize also that each of us has two responses to unforseen events. The first response is im- pulsive, without thinking. Some- times we do a good job with this initial response, sometimes we don't. The second response is a controlled response after we have had time to digest the situation. So you have two challenges on how to respond when you are tested, an impulsive response and a "thought through" response. In the Bible, the book of James tells us in chapter one, verses two to four, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the test- ing of your faith produces perse- verance. Let perseverance finish its work so you may be mature and complete, not lacking any- thing." Testing leads to persever- ance. What testing is going on in your life? My challenge to you is to be prepared the best you can for the testing of your faith that lies ahead. Don't drop your guard on the third mile. I believe your faith will be tested on a daily basis. As a matter of fact it better be tested or else you are not accomplish- ing much with your life. Be equipped on the inside for what happens to you on the outside. Make sure your core be- liefs are what they need to be. Then be prepared to apply your faith instantaneously no matter what comes at you or what mile of life you are on. 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@kraftand hunter.corn or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Proverg In Hidalgo County 5FIRIT ~ Hdalso, ~1M5 NMSU E_.t~,,.,o. 5~..-~~ F'~+r more informatioa, like us on www. faccbook.com / hidalgocouaty[oodeoalition Available Now at 1hE and w'.w.faeebook,om/ F i.q.ou,ds: Ch :..y Friday ]to/3/z4 4 PM hidalgofarmetsma.keta.dme,ado ; .ar ,,,ian cucu ,b,rs & Farmers Market "food at: SquAsh Main Street, Lordsburg Adding pecans to For recipes, tips, and tricks visit your diet can I1Lelp lower your www, Bountiful Baskets cholesterol. Animas Check out our facebook page for waler Nighl Honey- 10 CONSERVE water! Old Senior Center Glazed Almonds A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo co0rtesy THE JOHN A, JOHNSON HISTORIC PHOTO COLLECTION ~ii~i ~ii~ ~ "= Another image of Madeline O'Dell with her Cat Fifi (early 1940s), the grand dame and owner of the Copper Inn Bar. The bar, located in the building currently occupied by Bookkeeping Plus and The Hidalgo County Herald, featured copper-plated counters and represented one of several saloons defining Lordsburg's "open city" reputation. Those who remember the Copper Inn remember that Hispanics were not permitted in the bar. D0H announces first 2014 NM West Nile Virus death Submitted by NM DEPT of People become infected with for use on clothing. Always fol- HEALTHISanta Fe West Nile virus from the bite of low label directions when using The New Mexico Depart-an infected mosquito. Symptoms insect repellents. ment of Health announced last usually start from 2 to 14 days When weather permits, week that an 89-year-old man later. Common West Nile virus wear protective clothing such as from Lea County has died from symptoms are fever, nausea,loose-fitting, long-sleeved West Nile virus infection. This is headache, and muscle aches. In shirts, long pants and socks. the first fatality due to West Nile rare cases, West Nile virus can The hours from dusk to virus in New Mexico in 2014. The cause meningitis or encephali- dawn are peak biting times for man had encephalitis, the more tis. If someone has these symp- mosquitoes. Take extra care to severe clinical form of the dis- toms, they should see theiruse repellent and protective ease, and had been hospitalized, health care provider. People 50 clothing, or avoid outdoor ac- Eight cases of West Nile virus in- fection have been confirmed in years and older are at most risk tivities during these times. for serious disease from West Eliminate water-hold- the state this year. Cases this year have also Nile virus, ing containers where mosquitoes been confirmed in a 45-year-old "Mosquito populations are lay their eggs, such as old tires, woman from San Juan County, a high throughout the state due to and regularly change the water 7-year-old boy from De Baca the large amounts of rainfall, in birdbaths, wading pools and County, a 41-year-old woman . and everyone should assume pet water bowls. Make sure rain from Quay County, a 73-year-old that some of these mosquitoes barrels are tightly screened. man from DofiaAna County, a74- are carrying West Nile virus," - Keep windows and year-old woman from Grant said Dr. Paul Ettestad, thedoors closed if not screened. If County, a 67-year-old woman Department's public health vet- you leave your house doors or from Quay County, and a 40-year- erinarian. "September is one of windows open, make sure they old woman from Sandoval the peak months for West Nile have screens that fit tightly and County. Four of these cases de- virus cases in New Mexico, so have no holes. veloped the more severe neuro- we're asking everyone to beIn 2013, the New Mexico logic form of West Nile virus in- mindful of the risks and take the Department of Health identified fection and all of these cases are recovering, necessary precautions to avoid 38 cases of West Nile virus in- "West Nile virus infection mosquito bites." fection, including 3 fatalities and can potentially lead to serious To protect yourself from 24 with serious disease of the complications in anyone who West Nile virus: central nervous system. gets infected; but it's especially Use insect repellent onFor more information about true for people older than 50," exposed skin and clothing when West Nile virus, including fact said Department of Health Secre- you go outdoors. The Centers sheets in English and Spanish, tary Retta Ward, MPH. 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