“A friend loves at all times,
and a brother is born for a time of adversity” Proverbs 17:17
Walk into any firehouse in America and mention the word “brotherhood” and it’s guaranteed to start a conversation.
The conversation will lead you either towards a positive direction or down a dark road of bitter hurt.
Why should the word brotherhood cause someone to look at you with disdain?
What or Who changed such a powerful word into a painful image of hypocrisy?
The word brotherhood is often tossed around with relative ease but very few understand the true meaning behind the word.
Brotherhood is more than a word it’s a calling.
What does calling mean to you?
Calling is an inner longing that you cannot shake. It is a part of you, it’s what makes you tick, and you simply aren’t happy doing anything else. It is authentic and genuine. It is a part of you.
You can feel the passion in a speakers voice who is authentic because their words are an expression of their heart. You can see the passion in an authentic worker by the pride they take in their job. It takes a genuine, authentic, and passionate person to continuously live out the meaning of brotherhood.
A lot of firefighters lost something vital in the early phases of their journey. It is this:
Brotherhood requires a deeper commitment that no performance appraisal could ever truly measure.
It’s a personal commitment that goes beyond a job; It is a lifestyle and an expression of what you believe.
It is who you are, lived out for all to see not for recognition or reward. It is an image of the mark on your soul that says:
“We care so much that we are willing to go the extra mile, carry your burdens, and hurt with you because that is what we were made to do.”
If you have ever felt this way, know that you were meant for something more than a job. You were made to answer your calling.