How to change the fire service-One word at a time:
There are few professions that ask as much of an individual as the fire service. There are few places where one’s passion can be displayed through servant hood. However, in the faces of all that serve our reflections are often false representations of the commitment we have made. It is not in our service to our fellow citizens that we have failed but in our words with one another.
In moments of difficulty, we have shown a tendency to turn on one another. In the words of one of my mentors Chief Peter Lamb:
“We, as passengers on an airplane, are the only one who thinks its a good idea to take out the pilot.”
And “If we claim to have fellowship with Him & yet walk in the darkness, we lie & do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:6
Let us remember the commitment we made to our families, our communities, and one another. Let us consider the value of our words and their impact:
Are we truly watchful over our words?
Do we truly realize how much impact they have?
Do we really know how bad we may sound?
Would we be proud if our words were printed on the front page of a newspaper?
The power of our words are often underestimated. Words can build up or they can destroy. Each word we speak in pivotal moments are either bitter bricks thrown carelessly or they are bricks to build the future houses of leadership.
So let us ask ourselves are we building up others or tearing down the future with our words?
Perhaps, if we could see a glimpse into the future and see all the damage our negative words produce; might we all be ‘slow to speak and quick to listen.’
May we remember:
Anyone can point out what is wrong but it takes leadership to encourage another with words that lead them away from their poor choices.
Anyone can find a “problem for every solution.”
Anyone can criticize above from below; until they have felt the weight of their burden.
Let us work just as hard to speak the words that resolve rather than those that cause conflict.
May God grant each of us the words that others are needing to hear.
May He allow us to be a part of building the future through wise words instead of careless ones. Let us choose our words carefully as they have the power to change the future.
So pick up the microphone, speak words of inspiration, and provide powerful leadership guidance in a world desperate for encouragement. For the future pages of the fire service are being written by our words.
What legacy do we choose to leave? One of encouragement? Or one of condemnation?
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries