As one soldiers on in sharing the love of Christ with others in the fire service there is a consistent theme in all humanity that we encounter. It is the encounter of the wounded and broken soul who has built walls around their heart in defense of the hurt in this world.
Their eyes seem to cry out the Psalmist words “My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, but I find no rest.” Psalm 22:2
Their mannerisms and behaviors bear the scars of worry and anxiety. Anxiety has damaged their health, disrupted their productivity, causing them to negatively treat others, and has ultimately reduced their ability to trust in God.
This is the place where we meet others on the broken road to Christ. Unfortunately, many do more harm to them than good. Many people, offer short quick fix answers to their life long problems of pain and struggle. Many say they are willing to help but walk away when it becomes too personal.
The Fire service is in desperate need of encouragement. Disciples of Christ are needed to rise up and “answer us when we call.” (Psalm 20: 9) Men and women are broken, hurting, suffering, and in our traditional mentality we think that pride means we should not ask for help. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
In the fire service, we do nothing alone. Every aspect of our lives is based upon team concepts whether it be stretching a hose line, performing CPR, to taking care of our daily duties; we do these things together! Why should one who saves others who now finds themselves in desperate need of help suffer in silence?
Have you been in such a place? Are you there now? Would you like to do something about it? Whether we realize it or not our painful experiences do not invalidate us they have prepared us to help others. As a firefighter, you are given another unique opportunity: To save other firefighters!
No one else is more qualified than you. No one else will be welcomed into the inner circle of trust. And No one else can understand the things that we see than another firefighter. As a firefighter, you can break down the walls of bronze that our built around another’s heart through God’s love and mercy. He has divinely prepared us for this position and has been training us all along the roads of our lives.
“For He breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.” Psalm 107: 15-16
If you are ready to answer the call of Christ and reach out to your brothers and sisters in need there are many ways to do so. Contact us at email@example.com for more information. We will counsel you on ways to encourage others, connect you to organizations that are currently helping firefighters, and if you so desire you may become a part of our team.
Brotherhood is more than a word; its a belief that what we do is a calling placed inside of our hearts by God and we will answer that call by being there when no one else will. Will you be a part of it?
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries