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The Keynote Speech of Our Life

The Keynote Speech of Our Life

I recently had the blessing of listening to mentor and friend offer a keynote speech. Those of us in the fire service have probably heard many of these motivating speeches given by passionate fire service leaders but this one impacted me quite differently. What was the difference in this one versus all of the other powerful, motivating, and encouraging speeches I had heard before? The difference was this: Relationship! Let me explain, I witnessed my friend over the course of […]

The Unappreciated

The Unappreciated

There comes a time in everyone’s life where all their efforts seem to be failing… There comes a time when nothing seems to work out despite our valiant efforts… There comes a time when disaster strikes those closest to us that do well, while the wicked live on and prosper… There comes a time when leaders will abuse their authority, slander & lie, promote mediocrity, and allow certain individuals who “fall in line” to break the rules while they discipline […]

The Forgotten Ones

The Forgotten Ones

It is a commonly known fact that those that care for others the most often receive the least care or concern in return…   It is commonly known that those who give the most of themselves, who bear their souls, and lift up others in prayer often suffer in silence with their own struggles of sin and pain…   To those who call out from the depths of despair… When you have walked through the darkness of your circumstance… Take […]

Opposition or Opportunity

Opposition or Opportunity

Opposition or Opportunity: “A clue to life’s meanings are hidden in life’s relationships.” Ravi Zacharias In this life, it is truly a blessing to have friends and family who support, love, and counsel each other out of Christ’s love. But what about when we interact with others who are harsh, obstinate, and speak hateful words to others? We tend to react with anger and want to be harsh with them also. Have we considered that we, in our past, we’re […]

In One Moment

In One Moment

Many of us complain through our joys rather than celebrate them… We fail to realize that our lives are but mere moments… And it’s up to us to either live with remorse or cherish them… In one moment, we stand before God at an altar… In one moment, we cannot believe that our marriage has faltered… In one moment, we hold a precious new born child… In one moment, we are signing papers over differences that can’t be reconciled… In […]

This is My Fire House

This is My Fire House

Welcome to my fire house, it is like no other…   Here we answer the call of the needy, the hurting, and bring calm to the chaos…   This is my fire house, a place of provision, security, and accountability all in one…   Here we eat together, pray together, play together, and share our burdens…   This is my fire house, it is like no other for only here can we be real with one another…   Here we […]

In a Battle? Time to Get to Higher Ground!

In a Battle? Time to Get to Higher Ground!

In the midst of the storms of this life, have we considered how well we are communicating with the One who controls the winds and the waves? In the middle of the firefight when the flames are raging, how well are we communicating with the Ultimate Incident Commander? “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me for in you my soul takes refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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