Firefighters -Do not grow weary!

Those of us that have been in the fire service a few years understand the weariness that can easily overtake a firefighter’s heart

This year, we have already lost too many of our brothers and sisters in the line of duty. Anyone that has lost a brother or sister is never the same…

It has a profound effect upon you. It causes a flood of emotions ranging from anger, grief, all the way to guilt and regret. Those that are left behind in this world often carry an invisible burden that crushes their souls.

Yet In the midst of tragedy, there is hope:  

A hope that comes from above and from the fellowship of one another. We take comfort in the strength of our beliefs and lean hard upon the strong shoulders of our brothers and sisters. We realize that we didn’t just promise to carry one another out of a fire. We made the promise to carry our brothers through the crisis of life.

We carry them through the fires of life!

When their back is broken from the weight of emotion. We are there to bear their load.

When their heart has been darkened by the fiery trials…We fire up the flames of encouragement.

When they have lost hope and see no way out…We deploy the Rapid Intervention Crew of brotHERhood.

When all seems lost…The fire service shines the light from within us to guide our brothers home.

Our strength is renewed…

“So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves but become strong.” (Hebrews 12: 12)

Let us ask ourselves this:

Where does such strength, encouragement, brotHERhood, and hope come from?

Does it come from some inner resolve? 

Does it come from the culture we cherish?

The mistake many of us, including myself, is to believe that our resolve & motivation comes from ourselves. Yet, the strength that we draw upon, the one that never disappoints, and never grows weary, is not from ourselves. It comes from the long cherished belief that God has called us to serve our fellow citizens and one another. 

This compelling drive that all firefighters seem to share is given to us from God Himself.

He has taken the weak and made them strong through His definition of brotherhood. He has said “Where two or more are gathered I am in their midst.” 

He has demonstrated His sacrificial love through His son for us. He has said “Greater love has no one than this than one who lays down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Firefighters understand these scriptures even if they don’t believe in God. For it is He who believes in us and put these values in our hearts. He is calling out to us and searching for us. 

He is saying look upon your lives: For we are always together and daily lay down their lives for each other in service, sacrifice, and most importantly out of brotHERhood. Where do we think such values come from? God has placed them in our hearts and when we try to practice them without Him as the source we become weary.

God has said that we are to “love one another, as I have loved you.” So when you struggle and your legs become weak; fall to your knees and lift your voice to him. He will hear the cries of your heart. He will strengthen you. And remember you are not meant to carry the burdens of life alone.

If you have grown tired, have found your spirit weakened, and cannot seem to lift yourself up anymore. Welcome to the place where many of us meet our Lord. For it is often only when we have come to the end our ourselves that we come to the beginning of our new life with God. 

Cry out to Him and He will answer the greatest 911 call ever made: The call of your heart!

Be encouraged and “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:9-10).

God Bless,

Andy Starnes

Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries

http://www.bringingbackbrotherhood.org

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