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The Loneliness of Leadership

The Loneliness of Leadership

The Loneliness of Leadership: Statistically, there are fewer leaders today due to many reasons but what those who choose not to lead often fail to realize is this: Those who step up and lead are not perfect. Those who choose the lead are not better than anyone else nor think more of themselves; in fact they often struggle with insecurity and doubt more than you know. Those who lead are often maligned, slandered, and opposed by those who would rather […]

Why Suffering?

Why Suffering?

Why Suffering? Have you ever suffered at the hands of another?  Have you been ridiculed, slandered, and belittled for no reason other than the individuals ability be hateful? Have you felt anger well up inside your soul?  Have you felt the need to respond in a physical or verbal way that brings resolution to your own personal injustice? In these moments, it is the greatest challenge that our principles will face. In the moment when we are attacked, if we […]

The Shareholders Meeting

The Shareholders Meeting

The Shareholders Meeting: In a dimly lit room holding about thirty individuals from various countries, backgrounds, and experience levels all sat conversing their vested interest in a precious commodity. There were questions posed from those transitioning from one point of leadership to another. There were questions asked from those just beginning their journey in investing in this commodity. Thoughts were provoked, hearts were stirred, and the young and the elder sat at the same table without rank or recognition all […]

A Firestorm unlike any other…

A Firestorm unlike any other…

A Firestorm Unlike Any Other: “When good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people it places us in great dismay. Things are often done to us that we have no control of. In these moments the tendency is to turn away from God, but in heaven’s name what are we to turn to?” (Ravi Zacharias) There will come a time in every individual’s life where those closest to them will be in great pain and […]

A Practical Working Creed

A Practical Working Creed

A Practical Working Creed: As firefighters, we often view our work from a different paradigm than most other professions. Many individuals view work as a curse or an unnecessary burden. Many of the personal problems of today can be traced back to individuals who are unhappy with their chosen profession. Yet those of us fortunate enough to be firefighters look upon our profession as a calling and not a career. This calling causes us to go above the minimum standards […]

The Power of One

The Power of One

The Power of One: Whether we admit it or not a startling fact is that many firefighters (first responders & police) today are suffering. They are not ill, or suffering from a physical malady but they are suffering in their heart.  What is this great suffering that I speak of?  It is the suffering of a dedicated individual in a poisoned environment. It can be likened to a crop struggling to grow in contaminated soil. Their roots are desperately trying […]

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse

The Shortest & Most Powerful Verse: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) As firefighters, we don’t like to admit that we often hurt. Not just a physical pain from our work but an inner torment. We often push down the emotions from the things we see, the struggles in our own lives, and the stress we experience. Then in one moment, we erupt as if our emotional pressure relief valve gives up. The tears come and they fall like rain. Perhaps, in […]

Out of the Flames-Jarret Keith Testimonial

Out of the Flames-Jarret Keith Testimonial

We thank our brother Jarret Keith for courageously sharing his testimony with all of us. Read on for encouragement: There have been some recent occurrences that have changed my life and I feel the need to share it with all of you. I have recently decided to accept Jesus into my heart again. I accepted him into my heart before and strayed away from the word of God. But this past Friday I was at work at the Fire Dept. […]

A Personal Ventilation Profile

A Personal Ventilation Profile

A Personal Ventilation Profile: How does one ‘vent’ when the pressures of life become intense?  As a firefighter, we understand the definition and application of ventilation. We are taught that during a fire there are several types of ventilation that can occur such as: Normal, Unplanned Ventilation, Tactical Ventilation, and Anti-Ventilation. We have witnessed the effects of when we vent too early, we vent in the wrong place, or we don’t vent at all. The fire can grow exponentially and […]

Strengthen My Hands

Strengthen My Hands

“Strengthen My Hands” Have you ever noticed that when a passionate, dedicated, leader begins pursuing their vision they encounter obstacles and tremendous opposition? Have you ever felt the call to do more than the status quo but were met with negativity and opposition at every crossroads? Have you felt that as you neared your goal that the opposition and negativity of others increased ten-fold? Have you ever struggled with doubt, lack of self-worth, and felt that all of your efforts […]

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