As we face hard times in life we must remember to share our pain with others. It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign that we are human.

Without others calling for help, the fire service would not need to exist. 

“The destruction of the weak is the death of fellowship” Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 

With that in mind, begin by calling out to God and to our brothers/sisters for help. Brotherhood is lifting one another up just as we lift up others who call for help.

Consider this tactical benchmark check list for our lives:

Size-Up: Pray! Tell God what your facing and share it with someone you trust. “Pray without Ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Transfer Command: 
On an incident, the higher ranking officer takes command upon arrival. In our lives we don’t have to wait on God’s arrival. “He is our ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1. He is always there. Let Him take Command.

Follow His IAP: 
Immediately Apply Principles- God wants us to do our part; which demonstrates our faith (trust) in Him. Start mitigating the problem by following His plan.

Report to Rehab: As we work on the struggles we face we will become weary.

This is where we are to radio Command: “God, I am tired and weary”

And Jesus replies “Come to Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Remember as a firefighter, when we arrive at an emergency what do we do?

We go to work resolving the problem. Why?

Because we have confidence in our training and in knowing that help is on the way.

“Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear” Isaiah 65:24

So Pray and remember that our confidence is directly correlative to our dedication to God’s word. Our ‘training’ is our study and application of God’s word.

Then we are get to work on the problem knowing that help is on the way.

In closing, hard times WILL come but it is how we CHOOSE to respond to these moments that WILL impact our lives and the lives of those around us.

Let us practice the principles of God’s word as the ultimate training for the problems we will all face. For if we fail to train we are training to fail in the very purpose of our lives: our relationship with Jesus Christ.

God Bless,
Andy Starnes 

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