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Opinions & Ideas THE HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS USPS 620-040 A Gnmea cafion Millard B. Gdrne President MIKE HAI PUBL1SHER]ADi.rERTISING Dnu'rOR JOHN KLrVKENOALL ASSOCIATE PUBLISHERDITOR ROB RICHARDSON ASSISTAm" EDITOR JAYNE GOWN BUSINESS IIANAG ER Phone (706) 846-3188. Fax (706) 846-2206 P. O. Box 426 Hogansville, Georgia 30230 Risky Driving Not Hard to Do While the Georgia State Patrol predicted that 18 would die on Georgia high- ways during the Christmas holidays, only 12 people were killed in accidents. We would have preferred that none were killed on Georgia high- ways, but it was nice to see that the prediction was lower than estimated. In this day and age, acci- dents occur more often. While auto manufacturers have increased the safety fea- tures in cars, we still find ways to make them more dan- gerous to drive. I admit that I'm as crazy as most people when it comes to driving. I'm usually in a hurry and drive too fast some times, take unnecessary chances and sometimes think about other things while driv- ing. All of which are danger- ous. However, there are many other things we do today while driving that makes it even more danger- ous. I talk on my cell phone sometimes while I'm driving. I have to stay in contact with the office, home, etc. Onfermnate!Y,O dqes everY- one else today. The world that we live in makes it necessary to use phones now. It seems like only a few years ago, if we couldn't get in touch with someone, we'd just wait until they got home or we saw them. Not today. Using a cell phone while driving is not exactly a safe act. First, you are distra.Wd by the conversation, you take you hand off the wheel, and so on and so on. But we all do it. Also, because we're all in such a hurry today, we drink and eat while we drive. We really don't think anything about running through the drive through and picking up something to eat or drink and hit the road running. This is another dangerous thing for a driver to do for obvious rea- sons. A FEW weeks ago I had to travel out-of-town toa foot- ball game. It had been a long week, I was tired and all I wanted to do was get back to the office, write my story and head home. I had not ate be fore the game and was hun- gry. I pulled into a McDonald's, ordered my. food, picked it up at the win- dow and began the drive home. I didn't take time to place my food where it would be convenient. I left it in the bag and began unbagging it as I drove. Stupid and dangerous, but I really didn't think about it then. As I began to take my food out of the bag, somehow I spilled the drink, which I was holding, all over me. You know what happens when ice cold drink hitS your leg and you've just left a foot- ball field and are still cold as ice anyway. The first thing you do try and stand up. Don't ask me why, you just do. As I started to try and stand and pulled at my soaked pants and grabbed for nap- kins to dry myself, I forgot that I was driving about 70 miles per hour down the interstate. All of a sudden, I heard a very loud horn. I looked up and I was veering into the lane next to me. Luckily, the truck driver: following me saw me start to veer and sounded his horn. A narrow miss. That's how quickly I could have become another statis- tic for the Georgia State Patrol. During the holidays, there will be plenty of people on the roads doing far more dangerous things than trying to eat, or talk on a cell phone, and drive. There will be plen- ty of party goers returning home with a few drinks under their belts. They shouldn't be on the highway, but they will be. WE ALL know that when we drink, it lowers our response time while driving, impairs our thought process and makes decision making difficult, and above all dis- orients us to some degree. To put it sirhply, we are playing Russian Roulette with a car. We banking that we make it home safely, and the alcohol is making it difficult to do so. Each year on Georgia highways, people die over the holidays from drinking and driving. What's even sadder is that innocent people die because of drunk drivers. With the holidays behind us, it is still important to stay safe on the highway. Please don't drink and drive, don't talk on the phone, don't eat, and above all, watch the other drivers. ThE HtmAmWtLLE HOME NEWS is published weekly by the Star-Mercury Publishing Company. a division of Grimes Publications, at 3051 Roosevelt Highway, Manchester, Georgia 31816. USPS 620-040. Subscription rates by mail: $18 in Troup, Harris or Meriwether Counties; $26 a year elsewhere. Prices include all mles taxes. Periodical postage paid at Hogansville. Georgia 30230. FOR sndascRllertoss call (706) 846-3188  write to Circulation Mmlager, Star Mercury Publications. P. O. Box 426, Manchester, Georgia 31816. PtrMASl"Fa: Send address changes to P. O. Box 426, Hogansville, GA 30230. STArt, Publisher and Advertising Director ............................................................... Mike Hale Associate Publisher and Editor ........................................................... John Kuykendall Business Manager ................................................................................ Jayne Goldston Assistant Editor .............................. Rob Richardson StaffWdters .......................................................................... Bryan Geter. Billy Bryant Assistant Advertising Manager .................................................................. Laurie Lewis Advertising Sale,s ........................................................................................ Linda Lester Comlxing ........................................................................ Valinda Ivery, Lauren King Legals ...................................................................................................... Jhyne GoMston Pressman .......................................................................................... Wayne howski Pressroom .......................................................................... David Boggs, Larry Colleges President ............................................................................................. Millard B. Grimes Vice President .................................................................................. Charlotte S. Grimes Secretary .......................................................................................... Laura Grimes Cofer Treasurer ....................................................................................... Kathy Grimes Garreu Legal Counsel and Assistant Svemry .............................................. James S. Grimes PAGE 4 - HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - JAN. 3, 2002 Making areal New Year Sometime ago while preparing a mesage, I came across an interesting little article. While I can not quote ver- batim th article, I would like to give you the jest of it. The subject mater per- tained to some of society's problems like crime, home- lessness, illiteracy, drug abuse, etc. Someone had offered the soltuions of edu- cation, rehabilitation, job opportunities and the like. It is true that all these things are needed, but in response to that philosophy, someone made the observation that no matter how you change the mon on the outside, he is still the same on the inside. He may be a little smarter, a little richer or even free from drug addiction, but he is still the same man. This is the time of year when resolutions are made, commitments are made and vows are made. Countless folks have made the determi- marion they want a change in their life. There are those who have become tired of life as they are living and have decided to make a change. I can only speak from my experience, but it seems there is only a small percentage of people who desire change actually see change. while it is good that peo- ple want to better their lives or the lives of their families, many fail to realize their dream. While decisions have to be made and goals have to be set, many times that change is approached from the wrong angle. If we are to reach our goals for the New Year, we must begin from the right place. I must admit this is my opinion, but nevertheless an opinion based on reliable facts. The reason many desire a change in their life and fail to see that change is because that change is made from the outside. If we are to see a real dif- ference in our lives for 2002, the change or the difference must first be made on the inside and then let it work to the outside. The Bible says in 2 Cot. 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new crea- ture: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." The change that is neces- sary to effect a difference in our everyday lives is a change that comes from the heart. Sadly, we cannot do much about our own hearts, but there is a remedy. The Lord Jesus can make that change in our heart, and he can make the change on the inside that will result in a change on the outside. I am not speaking of turning over a new leaf, mak- ing a commitment or draft- ing a list of resolutions, but I am speaking of a life-chang- ing encounter with Jesus Christ. This encounter, this rela- tionship is an expereience that must be entered into by faith. To some that may sound over simplified, or even under explained, but bower- er you view it, it is the of scripture. Being a pastor, oftentimes! people call and ask ( believing I have the answer. However, I must admit there are times when I not explain the ways of God. To those things we simply exercise faith in word and will of God. Situations such as remind me of a true read about a fellow who got saved. After his conversion refused to go to the bars drink after work with his Not long after he ed in his refusal, his began to ride and make of him until one of them a question. One asked, "If drinkin so wrong, wh 3 the water into wine?" The man, not knowin much yet about the replied this way: "I don' know about Jesus turnin water into wine, but I in my house he has chan beer into furniture." Real change comes a personal relationship witl the Lord Jesus Christ. Time to Say Goodbye to the Year-- What a year it has been lifestyles, may be struggling wit 10C in 2001. September 1 lth has changed our lives in America forever. A year ago, we were more con- cerned about dimpled chads in the Florida vote tallies, and today, we are consumed with worries about chemi- cal and biological attacks upon our nation. Although we can't ever go back to how we were before the terror- ist attack upon our country, we caa00m00ls00 necks; sary changes as we close 6ut another year. As we enter 2002, it is time to say farewell to 2001 and good- bye to some other things as well. 1. Sin - We all have done wrong things in our lives. From lying and gossip to adultery and stealing, everybody has done some- thing. The Bible teaches that all people have sinned, but that is not an excuse to continue our sinful lifestyles. In 2002, instead of making excuses, let's start making right decisions as we commit to living godly 2. Apathy - Too many people have adopted an uncaring attitude in life about everything from church to their families. It is time for a personal revival as we develop some passion about life. We ought to have an inner burning about our relationship with God. As Christians, we need to have excitement about our church and our service tb the Lord. FurtSer, when you return to your jobs or school next week, let's approach it with a new atti- tude of excitement. You will be amazed at how simply having a good attitude will affect your outlook upon life. 3. Bad Habits - New Year's is a popular time to make resolutions, but it really is a good time to change some bad habits in our life. Maybe this is the time to stop smoking or to develop better eating habits. 4. Worry - Jesus plainly told his disciples not to worry because God is in charge of this world. This certainly doesnotmean t bad thingg xilI:'oot happen. The terrorist attack upon New York City and the anthrax scare has caused most people to become a lit- tle jittery. But God is still on His throne in Heaven and He has promised us the ulti- mate victory. Though we may go through some diffi- cult times, we will over- come. Thus, we should have no ultimate fear because God promises to take care of us. S. Regrets - Many peo- ple are consumed with dis- appointment about how their life has turned out. You some poor decisions you made years ago. Althouglmee you can't change the pas you can decide to live  righteous life from th point forwar Furthermore, you must als Ft learn to forgive yourself fot ro mistakes in the pasL,..'lomas Harboring upon past erro a)10 is not productive and onl *lbg,IV DI serves to diminish the pres.' , ent as well. rtrH g p.,l ,6, hiey emnt- Wht  you did in tile past mdy havu been wonderful, but it is no o enough to rest upon youfR)1 accomplishments of yester, day. We are to never sto r-( serving God, but we musr ..... Be continue serving Him a.Ica long as we have life upo. "n this earth. Don't ever th that you have reached V-'--" retirement age in God': kingdom, for God needs a of His children-to serv Him. This year has the tial to be a wonderful ne year if we will make right decisions. The is yours! Shaking the Holiday "Blues' It all started during a con- versation with a dear friend who is struggling tremen- dously because of relation- ship problems with fellow Christians, people who have been very close to her over the years, people who are like family, people whom she loves dearly. It appeared that her heart was breaking. Whose doesn't in such circumstances? We come o expect so much of others and when they let us down, when they fail to accept us, to understand us, to sim- ply love us as we are, it hurts. Right? Don't tell me you haven't been there. I know you have. I LISTENED to the heart thoughts of this person who is so dear to me. I have hon- ored her requests that I pray for her and them. I was amazed at her steadfast defense of those who were hurting her so deeply. "They just don't understand me. They want me to be what I am not. They want me to act like I cannot. They seem to want from me what I cannot give. But it's not their fault. They just can understand." 'Nell, how do you feel about your relationship with God amidst all this?" I asked. "Better than I have ever felt," was her response. "I know that He knows and understands me:!know I am trying to please Him and to serve him to the best of my ability. I don't suppose I have ever felt so secure in my rela- tionship with God. I feel like He sees my heart, knows me well, and accepts me wholly as I am. But they are not like God. None of us are like God. We cannot see and under- stand so completely, so we are hurt by others and we hurt others like this from time to time throughout life." How easily the truth rolled off her lips. Though our conversation ended, the aching in my heart for her has continued. How many of us have not been in her shoes? Misunderstood? Criticized? Lonely? Hurting? THEN I recalled I Corinthians, chapter 13, and one of my favorite verses in all of Scripture, "...For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known." And I thought, in heaven it wiU all be differ- ent. In heaven, when we have finally learned how to truly love one another then we will know and understand one another. And that is when I had my revelation! Nowhere in his letter to the church at Corinth does Paul write that we must wait until we arrive in heav- en to achieve the ability to )ove like he has described in the verses preceding the one "Don't tell me you haven't been there. I know you have." I have quoted here. Then I recalled something else I read one time in the little inspirational book, Apples of Gold: "There is nothing I can give you which you have not, but there is much that while I cannot give you, you can take: No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant. Take peace. The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach, is joy. Take Joy." THERE HAVE been very few individuals who have touched my Life and l a glimpse of the kind of lov/  I am thinking about as I wriV ------2' this---the kind of love I ono ,o thought was only attainabl in heaven. Love that accepV and understands, love that 0, -, patient and kind and nev jealous, love that does nd: brag and isn't arrogant, th doesn't act unbecomingl that seeks not its own and i illl not provoked, love that do Ill I not take into account a wrorOil in unrighteousness rejoices in the trut bears all things, believes things, hopes all thin endures all things,.. most of the individuals whom I have witnessed kind of love in action strated it briefly and only the last months, weeks days of their fives... During this holiday son, there is little that I give you except to say, body loves you and wants, to choose good things yourself. Though I it to you I would entreat to choose peace and joy! 1 love you, too. holidays! Mary Jane Holt is a dicated columnist who in Meriwether County. can write to her at PO 246, Gay, GA 30218 answers to your health t tions. L