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Suffering from Firefighter Burn-out?

Suffering from Firefighter Burn-out?

Suffering from Firefighter Burn-Out? Read this: What is work to us as firefighters? Is it burdensome or bothersome? Or is it the place where our passion is pursued and a part of ourselves receives fulfillment? Have the days of feeling satisfaction from a job well done long past? Has the loss of morality and the endorsement of situational ethics caused us to lose hope in our work and our leaders? Has the world of instant answers caused us to quit […]

When God Whispers To Our Hearts

When God Whispers To Our Hearts

When God Whispers to Our Heart: There are moments of regret that I experience from time to time… They are inescapable, unforgettable, and their memory forever etched into my mind… These moments are few but so powerful for they have to do with my own ignorance… I pray so often that God will draw near to me… I pray that in some divine way that He will speak to me.. And yet I forget that when He speaks I am […]

In These Eyes

In These Eyes

When people look upon these eyes, they often say… You look troubled, did you have a bad day?… But to give an honest reply would be more than most would care to know… And if they could see through these eyes, they wouldn’t ask any more…   In these eyes, the harshest moments have been witnessed… In these eyes, they have seen broken marriages and shattered commitments…   In these eyes, visions of another painful life lesson… In these eyes, […]

We the Post Traumatic Souls

We the Post Traumatic Souls

We the Post Traumatic Souls: In most cases, the world looks upon its public servants with high regard. There are a few that abuse the position, tarnish its reputation, and damage the public’s trust. As a whole, less than ½ of 1% of public servants abuse their place of public trust. This is percentage better than doctors, lawyers, and even our clergy. Yet, in the midst of such great trust and such great responsibility there is something that the public […]

Minimum Standards Maximum Requirements

Minimum Standards Maximum Requirements

Minimum Standards Maximum Requirements:   As a firefighter who has served many years, many can say that they have seen numerous examples of firefighters and employees. A firefighter can be defined as one who lives out their calling consistently, gives without though of recognition, and is always working to improve their capabilities to serve their fellow man.   An employee, may be considered as one who only seeks to meet the minimum standards. In many cases there are those who […]

The Affair You Never Saw Coming

The Affair You Never Saw Coming

The Affair You Never Saw Coming: Imagine if you will, a happily married couple whose husband is a firefighter. Their marriage is great and they work together to balance the issues that fire families face but then one day something happens. The husband begins to change. He begins to be drawn into his work more and more. He is consumed by it, constantly studying, training, and attending conferences. He is always gone either on duty at the station or teaching […]

The Furnace of Adversity 

The Furnace of Adversity 

The Furnace of Adversity: One who studies leadership will continue to find this scene repeated time and time again throughout history:  Leaders will be attacked. No matter whether the leader is one of integrity or one of falsehood it is a verifiable fact that leaders will be attacked, persecuted, and falsely accused. In fact, the greater the moral integrity or dedication to one’s calling the greater the opposition one can expect.  The greater the achievements for the sake of the […]

Suicide on the Installment Plan

Suicide on the Installment Plan

Suicide on the Installment Plan: “Without realizing it, we often carry something around with us everywhere we go. We bring it out in our conversations and it shows up in our attitudes. It never really existed, yet it’s power lives among us and keeps us from moving forward.” Author unknown. Many times, we overlook the distant look in a fellow firefighter’s eyes. Slowly, with the constant assault on our heart we begin to die on the inside.  It begins with […]

The Gavel & The Cross: Which do we carry?

The Gavel & The Cross: Which do we carry?

The Gavel & The Cross: Which do we carry? In the world we live in today, we are inundated with information from the news, social media, and constant alerts on our electronic devices.  And many of us claim to be followers of Christ yet we often fail to consistently live out the claims of our faith in front of others who are watching carefully. Those who understand what a relationship with Jesus is about understand that we all fall short […]

Taking off the Helmet

Taking off the Helmet

Taking off the Helmet: In the moments that we serve, we often forget our place… We give, direct, lead, and we make a difference… We solve others problems in a moments notice… But then we go home to our wives, our husbands, and our families… We forget to take off the helmet, to remove our rank, to remember who we truly are… We give orders instead of giving love and support… We demand compliance with no Grace given to them […]

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