Not too long ago, I had fallen victim to the poison of bitterness and even considered leaving the fire department. I would often ask “Does my service even matter anymore?” I heard a man speak by the name of Rick Lasky on Pride and Ownership. It was as if God told him to speak directly to me. I felt renewed and energized, but sadly I fell down again. It was not until one day in church when I cried out […]
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The Firefighter Rescue Plan: How to call for help? Let us consider each part of this scenario as one who has become lost in the ‘fires...
Have you ever been interrupted? Have you ever thought “I just don’t have time for this right now?” Has someone called,...
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31 As we travel along the path of life, we can become weary...
“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God,” (Isaiah 43:2-3). As a firefighter, we look at fire differently than anyone else. Everyone else sees a tragedy whereas we see an opportunity: an opportunity to make a difference, to apply our skills, and to give back to the community. In the world of firefighting, the words “control time” mean to stop the forward progress […]
In an organization, the larger decisions are often made by a group of members who collectively can render the best decision based on their wealth of experience and knowledge. This is commonly known as the board of directors. They provide direction and guidance. There are many good and bad examples of organizations whose board of directors have either lead them successfully or have driven them into the ground. In our lives, we can learn a great deal from the ‘board […]
As we overhaul, we all know the danger of a hidden fire. In life, if we leave a situation unresolved or we don’t properly deal with it, it will ‘rekindle’ and as in a fire it will cause much greater damage the second time. Overhaul is tough work, it isn’t the fun and adrenaline filled experience that we had upon the initial attack of the fire. In life, overhauling our problem will be even tougher work. We must get to […]
Have you ever suffered greatly? Have you ever been struggling with something so bad that you desperately needed someone to talk to? Then in your brokenness, you seek out help, and you cry out to someone who is a Christian. In the midst of your misery, you are pouring out your heart, and then the cliché advice begins to be shared. This person begins to slowly invalidate your entire existence. Each answer that they produce makes you feel small, and […]
Have you ever been interrupted? Have you ever thought “I just don’t have time for this right now?” Has someone called, showed up, or caused a change in your schedule because of their urgent need? As firefighters, we stop what we are doing to answer the call of “an unscheduled appointment.” Yet when our loved ones interrupt us we seem to forget that we are still servants to our fellow man: on and off duty. Consider this: Most of the […]
Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you. So carve your name on hearts and not on marble.” – C.H. Spurgeon Too often, people go through their lives failing to see their value. Their perspective is clouded by pain, circumstances, or a lack of encouragement. Words of encouragement cost us nothing yet they can make lifelong impacts on others. Some people are appreciated more while they are alive but never truly realize their significance & the […]
#Brotherhood yet we fail to forgive one another? We withhold the greatest gift: “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 In life, we are often wounded deeply by individuals and even more so by those close to us. These events lead us to feel bitter, hurt, and justified in feeling anger towards them. We even go as far as condemning them. The great contradiction in the fire service is that we are willing to lay down […]
As Firefighters we are so focused on training and our duty to the public that we often miss the greatest opportunity to make a difference that lies right in front of us: Our brothers and sisters in the fire house. We have the duty and privilege to share God’s good news with ourselves and our brothers in the fire station. Romans 5:8 says “God demonstrated His great love in this: while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” As […]
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” Proverbs 15:1 It is a challenge to hold our tongue in the face of this world’s cruel language. We must remember that true power lies in our words. We can heal from physical wounds much faster than from hurtful words that wound us deeply. With a word, a man can declare war. With a word, a individual can commit adultery. With a word, one can commit their […]
“Brothers if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently, but watch yourself or you also may be tempted” Galatians 6:1 Have you ever felt the weight of another’s burden? Have you ever tried out of compassion to help someone by shouldering their load? How did it make you feel when that person fell back into their old troublesome ways as soon as you stopped helping them? Where is the line between being a […]