The foundation of a house is the most important part. Without a proper foundation the house will collapse. Your future, your family’s future, and the future of the fire service are dependent on building upon a solid foundation.
Ask yourself these questions:
What foundation is currently being laid for the future houses of fire service leadership?
Or are they building without a foundation at all?
What principles, morals, and values do they hold fast to?
“But the one, who has heard and not acted accordingly, is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of the house was great.” (Luke 6:49).
Why is this important?
An intelligent leader who doesn’t have a solid moral foundation will ultimately fail the organization, their family, and those around them personally and or professionally. They will be found manning the life boats alone while the entire organization goes down with the ship.
Anyone can learn to be competent in their profession but to be exemplary is to be the one standing up for truth, caring for others, and leading by example (at home and at work).
How do we do this?
“Seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Integrity is a word that is often misused. It means to hold fast to your beliefs and values no matter the circumstance, the consequence, or the audience. In other words, you consistently apply your beliefs and values day in and day out no matter what. This requires a greater courage than facing down the flames of the greatest inferno.
Have we become so politically afraid due to the media that we dare not speak up for our beliefs anymore? St Francis said “In all things go and preach the gospel and if necessary use words.” Our very lives, actions, and behaviors should speak volumes about our beliefs long before we ever speak a word. Your dedication to God, your family, and to your calling as a firefighter should all be a part of this visible ‘witness’ to the world.
In a profession that prides itself in team work, sacrifice, service before self, camaraderie, integrity, courage, and honor we should be about the business of maintaining these foundations. Where is it that the traditional fire service values originated from? Where they from man? Where they from a government?
“The character of Jesus has not only been the highest pattern of virtue but the strongest incentive in its practice and it has exerted so deep an influence that it may be honestly said that a simple record of three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and soften mankind than all the dispositions of philosophers combined”
These words were not written by a pastor, a theologian, or a journalist. They were written by an Atheist, W.E.H. Lechey, who recognized the greatness of Christ and His influence on mankind. If a non-believer understood this by studying the life of Jesus, how much more should our lives be making an impact in the world around us?
How much more as believers should you and I take to heart the teachings of Jesus? We should be moving mountains in His name and sharing His love every day.
The mountains that we move are the mountains of negativity, immorality, despair, hopelessness, and the unbelief. You make a difference each and every day by standing on the rock of your foundations in Christ.