Standing for something
The fire service is at a crossroads. It is amidst the waves of change. We must be careful not to become lost in the sea only to become morally shipwrecked.
Tactics and technology will always be constantly changing and improving. What, if anything, is timeless and should always remain?
It is the very foundations of our beliefs. Our faith in God, serving our fellow man, and honoring the values that have defined this noble calling.
Your values mean more than you realize. Consider this:
One who tolerates everything stands for nothing and the depth of their belief is solely based upon societies standards.
In the world today, no matter your belief you will be tested. Their is always a test around the corner awaiting to see if you will stand firm or compromise your principles.
As those who took an oath up serve and sacrifice to save others; how much are they willing to give if they don’t value the beliefs that the fire service was built upon?
Some examples of these beliefs are: Integrity, Servant hood, Compassion, love for your fellow man, mercy, sacrifice, generosity, and fellowship.
Each and every time we give an inch of compromise on our beliefs we make the Devil or society our ruler . We show others that we are only honorable when we aren’t tested.
If we back down in the face of adversity, do we really believe we could make the right decisions in a life and death situation?
Why is it so important to hold fast to your beliefs?
Every day the sun rises and each evening the sun sets. If one day, we choose to believe that the sun will not rise or set because of social pressures we will awake to give the harsh reality that we were wrong.
Social pressure will continue to justify a false belief or bad behavior based on a temporary way of thinking.
It’s interesting to note that they will change the definition of truth as soon as it benefits or justifies their position. Don’t fall victim to the erosion of principle through compromise!
We have to stand on the rock and common ground of God’s absolute truth. His word never changes and will remain forever.
“You must, of course, continue faithful on a firm and sure foundation, and must not allow yourselves to be shaken from the hope you gained when you heard the gospel.
It is of this gospel that I, Paul, became a servant — this gospel which has been preached to everybody in the world. (Colossians 1:23 GNB)
Are you a faithful servant? Or are your principles only as deep as your paycheck?
Stand for something and take back the noble title as Firefighter. Show the world that this is more than a job; it’s a calling.