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PAGE 2-A HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 news@star-mercury.com Remai ni Credit Rebuilding Sale LIMITED TIME ONLY!! Buy Any Oar In Stock ONLY $100 DOWN Willie Wortham John Cooper Justin Cooper Choose From: Jim Cooper Honda Accords -- Nissan Altimas Honda Civics-- Toyota Camrys Mercedes C-230 Mitsubishi Outlanders Endeavers Sharing The Power of Influence Some time back my wife and I went to hear The Talley's in concert. For years this group has consisted of Roger & Deborah Talley and their daughter, Lauren. We have literally watched Lauren grow up on the stage, so to speak, singing with her momma and daddy. This night, instead of the normal trio, there was a fourth person on stage with them. Soon, this person was introduced as Lauren's new husband. And I immediate- ly thought, "Lord I'm getting old. She should still be a lit- tle girl!" As Lauren began to speak, no longer as a little girl, but as a mature, mar- ried young lady, she said something very profound. She said, "I have begun noticing more and more late- ly the great responsibility that comes with being the person that stands on the stage with the microphone in your hand." Wow! I encourage you to pause right here, reread what she said, and digest its truth. Regardless of whoyou are and in which venue of life you are operating, when you are the person, so to speak, who is standing on the life's stage with a micro- phone in your hand, you are held to a higher standard. More is expected of you. You have a greater sphere of influence. And the sense of responsibility associated with your position can, at times, become almost palpa- ble. IN LIFE, all of us share a common power. I call it: The Power of Influence. All have a circle of friends, fam- ily, or acquaintances upon which we wield some degree of influence. The question is not do we have the power to influence others. The question is whether or not we will accept the responsibility that comes with being an "influencer." I am afraid that all too often each of us has been guilty of simply shrugging our shoul- ders and saying, "Not my problem. Not my responsi- bility." And then assigning blame to others. In 1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV) the great Apostle Paul said, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." What was Paul teaching? In a word: responsibility. There is a strange thing about life - if you live long enough you go through the maturing process. He is say- ing that when he matured he accepted the responsibility associated with being the one standing On life's stage with a microphone in his hand! RESPONSIBILITY is in short supply today in America. We all have the ability to become an "influ- encer" for that which is good, decent, and moral. But the reality i that not many want the responsibili- ty that comes with it. It's easier to simply blame oth- ers for what we perceive as injustices in this world. Why, when it comes to religious/moral Sailures, the churches blame the world and the world blames the churches. When it comes to political failures, the presi- dent blames the congress, the congress blames the president, the republicans blame the democrats, and the democrats blame the republicans. WHEN IT COMES to educational failures, momma and daddy blame the schools for little Johnny or Suzie's failures, and the schools blame momma and daddy. When it comes to divorce, the wife blames the husband and the husband blames the wife. When it comes to teenage pregnancy, STD's, rampant addictions, and a thousand other things - we can all ignore our responsibility and play the blame game. But meaningful change will never come until each of us, one by one, put away childish things, accept our responsibility, and become the "influencer" God intends for us to be. SPEAKING of "influ- ence," a pastor friend once said, "For the leader, "power" is like a bar of soap - the more you use it the less you have." His point? As we stand on life's stage with a microphone in our hand, how we used our "influence" not our "power" is the stan- dard by which we will be judged! Choose wisely. Aaron McCol/ough'is an area missionary with the area Baptist Association which serves Harris, Meriwether and Troup counties. He is a resident of Hogansville. Johnnie L. "Sonny" Weldon Nov. 5, 1931 - March 5, 2014 Retired Chief of Security Reverend Johnnie L. "Sonny" Weldon, 82, of LaGrange, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Hospice LaGrange. The funeral service was conducted at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 7, at God's Open Door Church of Praise in LaGrange. The Reverend Leonard Hodge and the Reverend Gene Kirklin officiated and interment was in Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Hogansville. Mr. Weldon was born November S, 1931, in LaGrange, son of the late Jesse and Annice Nolen Weldon. A lifelong resident of Troup County, he retired in 1997 after serving as Chief of Security at West GeorgiaaMedical Center for 23 years. He also served as pastor of God's Open Door Church from 1997 until 2007. Survivors include his wife, Mary Weldon; daughter and son in-law, Olene and James Arnold; step-sons and daugh- ters in-law, Ricky Joe and Diane Toney, Billy Ray and Theresa Toney; sister, Linda Weldon, all of LaGrange; two grandchil- dren; four great-grandchildren; seventeen step-grandchil- dren; and nine step-great-grandchildren. Condolences may be expressed at www.mekibbenfuneralhome.eom Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home of Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. iiii:iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i:iiiiiii[iliiiiii' Claude A. McKibben 8, Sons Funeral Home : 208 Johnson Street Hogansville, Georgia 706-637-8623 We Sell All Types of Tires lm HUBBARD & SPINKS P,ts. Sm, k 1115 E. Main St. Phone: H0gansville, GA30230 (706) 637-6379 B 00Commumty 00Bank00Trust Mimer FDIC An Equal H0using I.der t Downtown Hogansville 706-637-6544 Congratulations to Ms. Julia Nachette Bynum and Mr. Rodney Walley, who were unit- ed in marriage on Saturday, March 8 in Key West, Florida on the beach. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Miles Crawford. The bride is the daughter of Ms. Bertha Harris of Greenville and Mr. Greenie Bynum of Atlanta. She is also the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel (Julie) Harris of Greenville. The groom is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charley (Mary) Walley of South carouna. The couple took a trip to Costa Rica for their honey- moon. We wish them love and happiness. Happy anniversary wishes" go to: Minister Lincoln and Mrs. Latoya Anderson on their 18th on March 16. We wish them many, many more. We're sorry to report that Louise Hines of Grantville is a patient at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery. Birthday greetings go out to: Sophia Latrice Ballard, Tamiya Bohannon, Aunreco Brown, Kierra Brown, I.&eisha Monae Bynum, Donald Clements, Shermika Colton, Andre Evans, Derrick Fountain, Ernest Grier III, Elaine Hamilton, Dwight Lionel HardawaY III, Marilyn Harris, Mrs. Peggy Hines, Bonsha S. Hunter, Nathan Hutchins, Shannon E. Lawson, Kenneth Leonard, Barham "Barry" Lundy, Louis E. Malcolm, Constance Martin, Michael Mitchem, Alice A. Murphy, Rachel McGruder, Rev. Ray Robertson, Marietta S. Rosser, Ernest Russell, Jontavious Marques Rutledge, Hannah Scobley, Bennie Sewell, Ceon Xray vans Shields, Damara Stewart, Shalonda Stinson, Rashawn Thrash, MaRie Kate Thurman, Milexus Towns, Barbara Tucker _and Dakarri Kentrez Ward. The White Plains United Methodist Church, St. Marks invites everyone to its 154th church anniversary beginning Sunday morning, March 16 with Pastor Carl Von Epps, bringing the message at 11 a.m. on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., the anniversary celebration will continue with Rev. Tamarkus Cook, Pastor of St. Smyrna Baptist Church, Newnan. Dinner will be served. Neriah Baptist Church, Greenville invites everyone to its one night spring revival on Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. with guest speaker, Rev. Fred Stanley of LaGrange. Rec. Charlie F. Glanton is the pastor. Seed for thought: "What therefore God hath joined together, let no man pus asun- der." Mark 10:9.