September 5, 2007 Edition

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Grandparents' Corner

Kolton Oglesby (left), age 6, and Korwin Johnson, age 3, are the grandchildren of Theresa and James Hooper and the late Norman Oglesby of Walnut Ridge.

Kolton is also the grandson of Willie Riney of Alicia and Carolyn Riney of Walnut Ridge.

Korwin is also the grandson of Johnny and Tracey Johnson of Walnut Ridge, Brenda Whited of Jonesboro and Randal Whited of Sedgwick.

Kolton and Korwin are the children of Alison Oglesby of Walnut Ridge. Kolton is the son of Bryan Riney of Alicia. Korwin is the son of Keith Johnson of Sedgwick.

Great-grandparents are Don and Twila Causey of Walnut Ridge.

More than

This Labor Day I took my first float trip. I have been trying to talk my husband into taking canoeing for several years, but he has refused, saying that my lack of coordination would kill us both.

When we were invited on a float trip, with his cousins, I took the opportunity to nag about never having been and about how much safer it is in a raft than a canoe. With a little help, I convinced him.

We all expected Spring River to be over crowded, boat-to-boat and thick with drunk floaters, but we were surprised. As we pulled in to Many Islands to park, we noticed that there were not many vehicles. When we boarded the bus with only three other groups, I was shocked and a little disappointed. I was really looking forward to playing bumper boats on the river. continued...


What makes a champion? Certainly talent is an element. But talent without hard work and discipline will take you nowhere. And even if through hard work and discipline you hone that talent to a razor sharp edge it still won't get you to where you could be unless you have the passion to get you there.

God created each and every one of us with unique talents (Ps. 139:15-16, I Cor. 12:4-7). We've been commanded to make the most of those talents through hard work and discipline (Rom. 12:1-2, I Cor. 9:24). But unless we have the passion to seek a deeper life through Christ we'll never become the person God created to be.

I asked a friend of mine one time what was his passion. He paused for a few moments then looked up at me sadly and said with complete honesty, "I don't have one." I believe there may be more than a few folks out there who feel the same way ... but that wasn't always the case, was it? continued...

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