How often have you ever left the fire station beaten down after being up all night?
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
Inevitably, someone will ask you “So, how was your night?” and we respond “We had a bad night.” This morning, as I left the fire station I contemplated the phrase “bad night.”
A firefighter had died yesterday in the line of duty in another part of our country. Here I sit, in my car, driving home alive and well complaining about a “bad night.” My chest tightened and I felt a pain in my heart of regret as I thought:
Really? You are complaining…
It’s time for a reality check. Those of us, myself included, who have been guilty of complaining about doing our job, need to take a long look in the mirror. We signed up to do this job and to answer the call.
Why should any of us complain when we have to do our job?
We should be thankful that we have a job that we love and that we made it through our shift alive and well. On average, every three days a firefighter dies in the Line of Duty. Every three days that we work and come home to our families someone does not. For every shift, we come home bitter; there is a family who would do anything to have their loved one back.
Is our attitude reflecting one of gratitude?
Do we really understand how blessed we are?
The calling of a firefighter is one of the greatest jobs in the world. So why do so many of us become bitter and angry. We begin to become ungrateful, not realizing how blessed we are.
The fire service consists of 1.2 million firefighters in the United States today. Each year, 100 firefighters die in the Line of Duty on average.
When will we understand that our job is inherently dangerous and that each day that we go home is a “Good Day” and not a “Bad Night?”
Each day that we get to serve our fellow man and make a positive impact in the midst of tragic circumstances is a good day. Let us not take our moments, our blessings, and our calling for granted.
To continue to do so is to disrespect the memories of those who have fallen in the Line of Duty. We all should take a moment and pray for the families of those grieving and hug our families every chance we get.
May God Bless those that serve and May God give rest to those who have answered the final call.