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Pride or Purpose? Which do you seek?

Amidst the greatest profession in the world lurks the greatest threat to its very existence…

It sneaks in ever so slowly, almost unnoticed…

It’s spoken of quite highly, written about, and is often the measurement of a firefighter’s passion…

 

It is a word, a word that has been twisted, and misused…

It is the word Pride!

 

Pride is used in phases such as:

 

“Take Pride in the craft”

“Pride and Ownership”

“Pride is what separates the hypocrite and the hero”

 

What is Pride?

 

“A deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired”

 

Pride can also be defined as…

 

“A feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people” (Merriam Webster).

 

This is the very pride that caused the Devil to fall from heaven…

He thought he could take the glory of God for his own…

In short, he thought more of himself than he ought…

 

The concern I have is not for those who have a passion for the calling known as a firefighter. My concern is for those whose sole purpose is to appear to be noble while only quietly seeking power and recognition. To rocket their way to the top without the blood, sweat, and tribulation that is paid to get there.

 

To wear trumpets on their collar, but speaking only empty words through them. Words without meaning because they have zeal but no depth.

 

They never took the time to earn the job as they were too busy pursuing the next promotion, the next article publication, the next conference engagement yet they failed to even make a difference in their own department. And they failed to make a difference in their own community. And most of all they failed to make a difference in their own family.

 

By all means, take pride in being a firefighter but for the sake of the fire service BE A Firefighter first. Do not spread slogans and inspirational quotes that lack understanding nor answers to those who seek to make a difference. Be the one you were called to be and lead not others down a path that will only lead to disappointment.

 

Our passion should be evident in all that we do…

We should hold their respect far before we hold any rank…

Our efforts should speak volumes that libraries could not contain…

Our skill sets should be constantly sharpened by the iron of accountability…

Our integrity should be one without question, that our enemies would seek us out for guidance.

Our words should be few and our actions should be representative of those who showed us the way…

Our goal should be to proclaim the message, live the mission, and not elevate ourselves: the messenger.

 

For in the end, one day image and accountability will have to meet…

May we not let our brothers & sisters down when fire rains down and we cower in defeat…

 

May your pride be evident, but may your life be consistent…

 

Andy Starnes

Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries.