All posts by Brotherhood

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way:

Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way:

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. “ Romans 5:3

How do we glory in our sufferings?

Not many of us look at the problems of life as something to be happy about. As firefighters, we solve problems for others but respond differently when they affect us.

Why is this?

As a firefighter, we understand this concept better than we would like to admit.

We understand that in order to be a better, stronger, and more disciplined that we have to endure many hardships.

Training, education, and exercise are some of our disciplines. But what about applying those disciplines in our own lives?

In our actual service we see tragedy, illness, death, and loss almost on a daily basis. This can carry over into our personal lives and cause us to cope in unhealthy ways that are destructive to those around us.

Let us pause for a moment and ask ourselves:

Do the hard times we face in life make us weaker or stronger?

Each moment and each experience is an opportunity to produce “perseverance, character, and hope”

These moments and experiences are not meant for us to internalize and let them destroy us from the inside out.

They are meant for us to share, draw on each other’s comfort, and to use them in the future when we face even more difficult moments.

We are not meant to carry these burdens alone. Remember that!

“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

This is a brotherhood and that means we carry one another’s burdens together! We do everything as a team so why should one of our brothers/sisters have to face a personal crisis alone?

These moments can define us or destroy us. Through Faith and Fellowship they can be a source of strength.

The Application:

As we face hard times in life we must remember to share our pain with others. It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign that we are human.

Without others calling for help, the fire service would not need to exist. With that in mind, begin by calling out to God and to our brothers/sisters for help.

Consider this tactical benchmark check list for our lives:

Size-Up: Pray! Tell God what your facing and share it with someone you trust.

Transfer Command: On an incident, the higher ranking officer takes command upon arrival. In our lives we don’t have to wait on God’s arrival. He is always there. Let Him take Command.

Follow His IAP: Immediately Apply Principles- God wants us to do our part; which demonstrates our faith (trust) in Him. Start mitigating the problem by following His plan.

Report to Rehab: As we work on the struggles we face we will become weary.

This is where we are to radio Command: “God, I am tired and weary”

And Jesus replies “Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Remember as a firefighter, when we arrive at an emergency what do we do?

We go to work resolving the problem. Why?

Because we have confidence in our training and in knowing that help is on the way.

“Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear” Isaiah 65:24

So Pray and remember that our confidence is directly correlative to our dedication to God’s word. Our ‘training’ is our study and application of God’s word.

Then we are get to work on the problem knowing that help is on the way.

In closing, hard times will come but it is how we choose to respond to these moments that will impact our lives and the lives of those around us.

Let us practice the principles of God’s word as the ultimate training for the problems we will all face.

Firefighters Guide For The Fires of Life

As firefighters we are trained and disciplined on how to handle complex situations even if we have never faced it before. Our basic knowledge, skills, and abilities are applied in such a way that they serve as a guide for each incident that we may face.

Let us take a moment and consider how we can apply those same skills when we face the fiery trials in our personal lives.

Step 1) Size-Up:

At every incident we transmit a size-up to the responding companies. When we face down the difficulties of life let us do the same through Prayer:

Tell God what your facing and share it with someone you trust.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “pray continually,”

Step 2) Transfer Command to the Ultimate Fire ground Commander:

God has it under control so let us demonstrate our faith by trusting Him. At an incident we transfer command to a higher authority and trust that they are watching over us while we go to work on the problem.

Consider the battle is already won! We are fulfilling our part of God’s plan through our actions.

Romans 8:37 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Step 3) Follow His IAP:

Start mitigating the problem by following His plan by exemplifying our Faith in Action.

James 2:26 ‘As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.’

In your heart, you will know what to do. By praying and seeking God’s counsel He will guide you.

So let’s get started. As stated above, God has the plan so let’s get to work and trust that He will be watching over us, guiding us, and teaching us along the way.

Step 4) Report to Rehab:

We will tire but we can rest in the confidence that help is on the way. He will provide the rest, renewal, and strength that we need to finish the race.

Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28

‘Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.’ Isaiah 65:24

 

20140625-131459-47699300.jpg

Firefighter MAYDAY- Who will answer?

Your personal MAYDAY- who will answer?

“The heart of modern firefighting is the ability to go aggressively after a serious fire & extinguish it.” John Norman

In our world, we are tasked with “extinguishing” the worlds problems when in reality we have trouble “extinguishing” our own.

As firefighters, we are meant to go after the problem and not stop till we resolve it.

This mentality, this drive, and this discipline can cause us great heartache when we come upon a problem we cannot solve on our own. We feel helpless & ashamed as if we have failed.

But wait…when others are in need what do they do?

They call 911!

When firefighters are in need who do they call? A MAYDAY.

As a culture, we are often afraid or ashamed to call a personal MAYDAY. If you have ever been left alone, felt trapped, or there is no way out; Let me introduce you to the one who never misses a call, “will never leave you”(Hebrews 13:5), and who will always be faithful.

God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the three in one. The crew that will never leave you.

He is your Holy Father, your friend, and the one who gives you counsel. “Before they call, I will answer. While they are yet speaking, I will hear” Isaiah 64:24

Don’t be afraid of calling the personal MAYDAY. Our pride should not keep us from getting killed (literally or spiritually). It is our dependence on the one who will never leave us that will make us stronger.

“Be strong & very courageous”(Joshua 1:7) because God is with you always. “For with God Nothing is ever impossible” Luke 1:37

Bringing Back Brotherhood
Bringing Back Brotherhood