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HOGANSVILLE HERALD - THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011 PAGE 3-A C0hmist In his book, Mastering the Seven Decisions that Determine Success, author Andy Andrews quotes Anne Frank, who said, "Our lives are fashioned by choice. First we make choices. Then our choices make us." He also tells a story about some Aboriginal Rainmakers in Australia. It seems as though every time communities got into trouble because of drought, they would call the Aboriginals to come and perform their rain dance. Some tribes were more suc- cessful than others. And one particular tribe always made it rain. When asked why it rained every single time his tribe danced, the king replied, "It's very simply, actually. We dance ~11 it rains." Wow! How powerful. Stop for a moment and let those two thoughts sink in: 1. We make choices in life. In turn, our choices, good or bad, make us. 2, Once we choose and commit to anything in life we need to stick with it until the very end. We need to learn to "dance 'till it rams!'" Two things are in short supply in America today: L Good decision making skills 2. Commitment - or as I like to say, "Stickability!" Ithink one thing that tends to hinder our good decision-mak- ing skills as Americans and as Christians is the need that our soci- ety has programmed into us for "immediate gratification." A good example of this is when we cut an apple in half. We usually do so with the sole intent of satisfying our taste for an apple. We give little or no thought as to where the apple came from or if there will be another apple tomorrow to replace the one we ate today. Seldom do we pay attention to the seeds inside the apple. And if we even see the seeds, we only see them as a nuisance to be thrown into the garbage. We do not see the potential orchard inside the apple. We justwant what we want right now! IT HAS ALWAYS amazed me that a single tiny little acorn contains the whole DNA code for a fully mature giant oak tree with the potential to produce enough acorns in its lifetime to grow an entire forest of oak trees. It's all right there inside the tiny acorn. It just needs the proper circumstances and time to devel- op. The decisions we make in life are not too dissimilar. All deci- sions have the potential to affect us (and others) far past the imme- diate gratification of today. They just need the proper circum- stances and the time to develop. Remember, great things don't develop in a day - they develop daily! Another thing that hinders us as Americans and as Christians is blur lack of commitment - to anything! Marriage is a good example of what I am talking about. I have often said (sarcasti- cally) that preachers should change the vows in the wedding cer- emony. Although the couple may repeat the preacher's words, what they really mean is, "I promise to love, honor, and cherish until ..." my new husband or wife makes me really mad and then I'm outta here. I don't have to put up with their junk! Excuse me. I thought it was, "... until death do us part!" Silly me. Silly me. We have made quitting too easy. Yes, we quit our marriages. We quit our jobs. We quit our churches. We quit our friendships. We quit our finances. We quit the gym. (Oops] Quit preaching and went to meddling there, didn't I?) When things don't happen the way we think they should, or exactly when we think they should, we quit. We take our ball and bat and go home. Whatever happened to darlcing 'till it rains? .~ Have you ever, heard-of-ThoJ~utterfly Effegt?..Ac~rding to Wikipedia~ "In chaos theol;y,~the,but~erfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditibils~ Where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. For example, the presence or absence of a butterfly flapping its wings could lead to creation or absence of a hurri- cane)' In laymen's terms, the simple act of a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the earth can set enough molecules in motion to start a hurricane o~ the other side of the earth. However, just as.importantly, the absence of a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the earth can prevent a hurricane from forming on the other side of the earth. In other words, what we do or stop doing has a direct effecton things and people around us. Period. I wonder how many churches today are dying because, spiritually and metaphorically speaking, one or more of the faith- ful members stopped flapping their wings? I wonder how many marrmges end in divorce because one or both or the partners stop flapping their wings? I wonder how many dreams have been forfeited because people stopped flapping their wings. (And on & on I could go!) , I heard a story once about some people who were trying to strike it rich in the oil business. They mortgaged all they bad to purchase land and oil drilling equipment. They drilled for days and failed to strike oil. Finally, they threw in the towel and sold their equipment and land. The company that bought their equip- ment and land took over the drilling site, restarted the drilling rig, drilled six feet and hit off. Sadly, the original owners had fold- ed their wings too soon. :There are just two thoughts in this column today and I hope you Will ponder them: 1. In life, we make our decisions - then our decisions make us. 2. When you commit to do something, see it through unto the end - keep flapping your wings - and dance Till it rains! Aaron McCollough is an area missionarywith the area Baptist Association wlu'ch serves Harris, Metiwether and ~oup counties. :He is a resident of Hogans~lle. : www.freshfuvminist 'es.com or fms dspringcom Braswell Chaffin Oct. 29, 1921 - Sept. 13, 2011 WWlI Purple Heart Recipient Braswell Chaffin, 89, of GrantviUe, died Tuesday, Sept.r 13, at his home. The funeral service was conducted Thursday, Sept. 15, at the graveside in the Grantvilte Cemetery, with the Reverend Randall Hodge officiating. Mr. Chaffin was born Oct. 29, 1921, in Grantville, son of the late Graydon and Claire Braswell Chaffin. A life- long resident of GrantviUe, he received a Purple Heart for his service in the U. S. Army during World War 1Vo, was a member of First United Methodist Church of GrantviUe, and retired from James River Corporation after 20 years of service. Survivors include his son and daughter in-law, Jerome and Jan Chaff in of Newnan; three grandchildren, Vickie and Michael Burgess of Tooele, Utah, Jeff and Shelley Chaff in of Newnan, Chris and Betty Chaffin, also of Newnan; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfu- neralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Laura Jane Covin June 11, 1952 - Aug. 20, 2011 Respiratory Therapist Laura Jane Covin, 59, of Hogansville died Saturday, Aug. 20, at her home. A gathering to celebrate the life of Laura will be held from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, at No Rush, at 212 East Main St. in Hogansville. Born June 11, 1952 in Newnan, Ms. Covin was the daugh- ter of Ruth Hutchinson Covin and the late James Elmer (Fox) Covin. She was a 1970 graduate of Hogansville High School, and attended Georgia Southern University and LaGrange College. She was employed as a respiratory therapist for many years and then served as office man- ager for a commercial printing company. She lived most of her life in Atlanta before returning to Hogansville sev- eral years ago, and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hogansville. She is survived by her mother, Ruth Covin of Hogansville; sister and brother in-law, Mary Fox and Mike Fowler of Anderson, SC; brother and sister in-law, David and Carol Covin of Manassas, VA; four nephews; two great- nephews; and a great-niece. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abandoned Pet Rescue, E O. Box 833, Hogansville, GA 30230 Condolences may be expressed at www.mckibbenfu- neralhome.com Claude A. McKibben and Sons Funeral Home, Hogansville was in charge of arrangements. Photo By James Woods GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE, SOLD! - The city of Hogansville sold a number of vehicle during an auction held Saturday, Sept. 10. Some of the vehicles were seized by the police department while others were older city vehicles. Car Auction Held In Hogansville The City of Hogansville various makes and models. was briefly in the used car Some of the vehicles were business last weekend, seized by the Hogansville The city had 17 vehiclesPolice Department while available for sale during an others were retired from the auction held on Saturday, city's fleet. Sept. 10, in front of the pub- The auction began at 8 lic works building located on a.m. and concluded about 10 Lincoln Street. a.m., and drew quite a num- City manager James ber of potential buyers. Woodssaidthegroupofvehi- Most of the vehicles cles included two vans, five were sold though at least one pickup trucks, a Cadillac, was not as the reserve on it one SUV and tither cars of was not met. Correspondents Sought The Hogansville Herald is seeking correspondents to write the happenings of the cities and communitiesin and around. Hogansville. For more information, please call John Kuykendall at (706) 846-3188 or email - news@star-mercury.com. HOMECOMING AT HIGHLAND - Highland Baptist Church held their annual Homecoming on Sunday, 9/11 with Higher Hope (pictured above) of LaGrange provid- ing the beautiful Southern Gospel music. Pastor Don Ellison, who served as Interim Pastor at Highland earli- er this year, delivered the message. Following the serv- ice, everyone enjoyed a church-wide lunch and great fellowship. Photo By Andy Kober STOP BY AND SAY HI - Hogansville Coffee Company and Blue Train Books is now open next to William and Mary'sAntiques on Main Street in Hogansville and Megan Monell is welcoming visitors to the new store. In addi- tion to books and coffees, the new store has cold drinks and various snacks along with coffee cu ps, commemo- rative t-shirts and ball caps. Your Help Needed During Festival The Hogansville Hummingbird Festival is scheduled for Oct. 18-19, and your help is needed to help make it another success. "The festival cannot take place without the time and effort of a great many indi- viduals," notes Mary Stewart. Funds raised by the Hummingbird Festival have resulted in over $2 million in improvement to the city. The festival has also bene- fited such charitable organ- izations as the Ame Red Cross, Shriners Hospital, the Hogansville food bankl and supporting breast cancer research and those suffering from breast cancer. This year the festival will help provide support for the Boys and Girls Club in Hogansville. To be successful, the Hummingbird Festival needs volunteers to staff booths, drive the shuttle busses and other important functions. Anyone who can volun- teer for at least four hours on either day of the festival is urged to contact Mary Stewart at 706-637-9497 or 706-637:5912. 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