The Fire Service: Passion or Poison?
Several years ago, God put a burden on a firefighter’s heart. The fire service had become a spiritual detriment but then God opened the eyes of that blind firefighter and showed him what it truly is: a great spiritual opportunity to encourage one another!
With that in mind, God began the process. He wiped away the bitterness that had become part of the soul. He replaced it with compassion for those who had hurt, betrayed, and drained the soul of this lost firefighter. This Lost Firefighter has been found and has begun to see others as God sees them.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion, I will bring you back” (Isaiah 54:7)
We realize it isn’t God that has abandoned us; it us when we become cynical and bitter that we walk away from that which we love and that we are called to do. We have abandoned our calling. We allowed the negativity of others to diminish or destroy our passion.
If we look beyond ourselves, we then realize that Firefighters everywhere are hurting, they need encouragement, and the painful realization that occurred is that God had not failed them. It is we as firefighters who have failed.
How have we failed?
We chose to let the world drain our passion.
We allowed others to change our attitude.
We willingly drank the poison of bitterness and blamed the world.
We accused others of stealing our joy but in reality it is us that gave it away.
Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you are not alone…
This mission of Bringing Back Brotherhood is to encourage first responders, firefighters, and all emergency services personnel with the hope of Jesus Christ. This message will often be shared through the vulnerable and often painful moments that we all face. The power of our living testimony thereby showing that we can endure, we can make a difference, and no matter the circumstances:
”Nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37)
Through the power of sharing our lives and what God has done; therein lies the bridge to connect to our brothers and sisters who feel lost.
So If you have felt the call, the inner desire to do something more, here is an offering. An offering of one firefighters desire to light a fire in others; the offering of a broken heart that has been healed through Jesus Christ. An offering of pain, tears, and tribulation as an open book to you in the hopes that you will look to the one who will always provide.
The mission and prayerful hope is this:
If you have become lost that you will come home. Know that there is one who is searching for you and He wants you to come back home. The Ultimate Primary Search is being conducted for your heart and He will not stop until you are found. He offers you hope, comfort, and encouragement that the world can never take away. Begin your journey home today. Don’t let the world destroy our calling, let’s Bring Back Brotherhood one changed life at a time. Reach out to the brothers and sisters around you and know that you are not alone.
Let God reignite the fire that once burned within us all for the calling that he has placed upon our hearts.
Andy J Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries