As Instructors in the fire service it is easy to become disheartened by the inconsistencies that we see being taught across our country. Their often seems to be very little oversight and no accountability in teaching.
We have often heard through other students of instructors who are teaching firefighters false notions, dangerous habits, and boldly doing so. It is easy to become discouraged and grow weary in doing the right thing.
We can see this in other areas of our lives as well. We often place greater importance on teaching in areas where we either receive recognition or reward for it rather than placing the importance on the value of ten subject & not the teacher.
In our Faith, God reminds us of the great accountability placed upon us as teachers of the word. We know that if we seek Him, study His word, and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us that we will be successful as long as we remain humble.
So as we teach, let us reflect upon these instructions from the greatest teacher, Our God-We seek Him as our teacher:
Who is our instructor:
The Lord says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:9
We should diligently study His word so we will be prepared:
“I have more insight than all my teachers for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.” Psalm 119:99-100
When we become bitter towards those we instruct we remember Jesus’ example:
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:36-37
When we face opposition because we are teaching the truth we remember:
“These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.” (Jude vs 16)
When we tire and grow weary we remember that we were once lost:
“Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire, to others show mercy, mixed with fear-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” (Jude vs 22).
In closing, as we study and seek to lead others through teaching; pause and reflect upon the great privilege given unto us. It is not an easy task and should not be taken lightly.
Lord help us remain diligent, passionate, and purposeful in our work but remember who it is that we are working for so that we will not grow weary in doing good.
For our accountability system is of the highest level. “And whatever you do or say, let it be a representative of the Lord Jesus…” Colossians 3:17
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries