Have you ever witnessed a firefighter who is superb on the fire ground but completely incapable of getting along with others at the fire house?
This is a bigger problem than we realize. What is it that they are missing?
A doctor who is the most skilled in his region but no one wants to see because he has a terrible bedside manner.
A husband who provides for his family but fails to provide the love and support his family needs from him.
Is it clear yet? (Their heart isn’t in it.)
The Question We Must Ask Ourselves Is This:
Are we here for what God can do for us or are we here to see what God can do through us?
A personal moment for the author was when he realized that he had become an expert at serving God but had become a rookie at being God’s friend.
The firefighter whose understanding of the job that is only as deep as their skills level will miss out on the greatest opportunity in their lifetime:
It is the power of relationship!
Having an authentic and genuine passion for what you do comes from a deeper understanding than merely how to do it.
It means that you know it, value it, and care about what you are doing.
A follower of Christ will understand that to be a Christian isn’t to merely know the Bible; it is to have a relationship with God through Jesus that is visible in your every day life.
We must have visible proof of our beliefs not just on Sunday. A firefighter must be a firefighter in their heart first and not merely when the bell hits.
This is the difference between an employee and a firefighter. This is the difference between a leader and a manager. This is the difference between a coworker and a brother.
This is the difference between a religious person and a believer.
Live out our beliefs by investing the time in our relationships: with God, our families, and our brothers and sisters in the fire service.
Lead By Example
Let us be authentic and lead others by our example. Our daily lives are examples for others to follow.