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Opinion: Being a part of our community

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Last week, I had the awesome privilege of attending the Inspiring Women Luncheon presented by the Commission For Women of Bossier City. This year, the guest speaker was Pam Tebow, mother of well known sports figure Tim Tebow. In a 40-minute speech/presentation, Mrs. Tebow spoke many times of the importance of being involved and giving back to your community as a community organization volunteer. She cited several examples of her family being involved in the community.

In short, Mrs. Tebow spoke of their mission to help those in need. As evangelists and missionaries for practically their entire lifetime, the Tebows have continually set an example for their five children and all of them have continually put others before themselves, just as God encourages us all to do.

RandyIn Matthew 7:12, God encourages us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us or essentially, to do for others before we do for ourselves. As I heard a close friend of mine, Dr.Pat Day, so skillfully word it in one of his sermons a few Sundays ago, “Think of it in terms of the word ‘JOY’ and the use this word as an acronym meaning Jesus, Others and You.”

If we all lived our lives in this manner, just think what a better place this world would be and how much better off and happier we would be in our own lives. Essentially, this is exactly the point that Mrs. Tebow was trying to make in her comments at the luncheon last week. One of the very best ways possible to live as God wants us to live is to be an active part of our community and to help those in need through our community service.

Most of us have done this in one form or another through the years, some of us many times over. Others of us have served several organizations at once. I humbly salute and sincerely praise anyone that has been involved as a community volunteer both for the fact that you did get involved, and also for for the great work that you have done in so many ways. Just think of the lives that have been touched and the difference that you have made in the lives of so many people.

In Corinthians 4:6, God asks us to let his light shine in our hearts by the examples we set and the lives that we touch for HIM, and the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ!

Once again, being involved in our communities as a volunteer and helping those in need is one of the very best ways possible to answer God’s call for what HE wants us to do. As Mrs. Tebow encouraged the audience to do at the end of last week’s luncheon, volunteer.

At the luncheon last week, there were some 37 community organizations represented. A few months ago, I was asked to speak to a non profit organization meeting where some 70 area non profit/community organizations were represented. So, there are ample and multiple opportunities in our area to get involved. Practically all of these organizations in our area need our help. Let me encourage you to answer the call —get involved!

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