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Giving Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving 2015, I would like to take a minute to share some thoughts of gratitude. For life, health and the many comforts I enjoy, I am grateful. For the love of family and friends, I am grateful. For the blessings of freedom and liberty, I am grateful. For the grace of God, I am grateful.

I know some of that might sound a bit corny or cliché, but there’s an important truth in there. Even though I work hard and feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in the things that I ‘earn’ along the way, I know there is much that I enjoy in life that is unearned. I enjoy many priveleges and advantages simply as a result of where I grew up, the family I was born into, and the color of my skin. I have resources available to me that many people around the world will never see. I have the support of people that love me, simply because they choose to, and not because I have anything of value to offer them.

I am not so arrogant as to assume that I have any of these things because I earned them, are owed them, or even deserve them. They are gifts, given freely, without expectation.

And particularly today, I take a moment to remember to give thanks.

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