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Brown: Being Thankful

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Being thankful is a subject/topic that I have mentioned many, many times in my BPT columns over the last few years. We all sometimes lose sight of what is right in front of us. With our fast paced, technologically captive, busy lifestyles, it is becoming easy to do. Often times, we are so busy that we do not stop long enough to be thankful for the wonderful blessings that we have in our lives.

Sometimes, we even let certain things, and even certain people, irritate us and get under our skin. Then, when something happens or changes — such as that person or that certain thing is now all of a sudden missing or gone — we miss it.

Moreover, we think of all of the things that we wish we would have done or wish we could have said. Most definitely, we want those times back. We want a “do-over,” but it is too late. That opportunity has passed us by and we tell ourselves that we would do almost anything to have another chance, to get it back.

RandyIn short, we were not thankful for what was right in front of us.

Folks, I know that I share my faith quite often in my column space. I have to do so because it is such a big part of my life and a big part of who I am. Most definitely, I can not adequately express my thanks and appreciation for all of the many people in our readership audience who constantly tell me how much they both appreciate and enjoy what I write in my BPT columns. In all honesty, I have a business and music background. No, I am not a writer by training or trade. However, I feel as if I have always had a story to tell…And I enjoy telling it. Please know that I am extremely thankful for your support.

So this Thanksgiving, please know that I am most thankful for ALL of the many blessings and people in my life. I am thankful for my God, my family, my friends, my good health, my church, my work, our staff/team here at BPT, this amazing nation in which we are so blessed and fortunate to live and so much more.

I am also thankful for all of the encouragement and support that our BPT readers continually express toward me personally and also toward our mission and team efforts at BPT. And, most importantly, “Thanks be to God for HIS indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15 NIV)

We all need to be thankful for the countless blessings that we have in our lives, not only at Thanksgiving, but all throughout the year. What are you thankful for?

Randy Brown is General Manager of the Bossier Press-Tribune. He can be reached at rbrown@bossierpress.com