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