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Becoming Your Best
THREE DAYS of extrication training, while not a normal activity for a chaplain, was an incredibly worthwhile learning experience for me. With great admiration and respect, I ...

Fire Chaplain John Kalashian, Caledonia, Wisconsin; Founder/Director – Men with a Burden, a ministry to the homeless men at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission; Founder/President – Corvettes for Christ

BECOMING YOUR BEST

Calling on Christ, our ultimate First Responder

THREE DAYS of extrication training, while not a normal activity for a chaplain, was an incredibly worthwhile learning experience for me. With great admiration and respect, I was privileged to witness the skills, intuitive planning, and masterful use of emergency extrication tools and the techniques involved in this one aspect of firefighting. It was experientially evident that being a skilled firefighter and EMT involves studying and applying the tools of the trade.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)

It wouldn’t do firefighters much good to have all the equipment and tools available to them, but to lack the needed knowledge about their proper use and operation. In a crisis, these tools are absolutely essential for a firefighter’s safety and a successful rescue effort. Think of it for a moment—what kind of firefighter would respond to a call without being properly trained, prepared, equipped, and wearing protection? You might do more harm than good!

I liken God’s Word in our lives to the tools of the firefighter. In much the same way as the firefighter’s tools and manuals, the Bible is our instruction manual for success in our daily life. The Bible is a lifesaving extrication tool when we find ourselves in the midst of a personal crisis. Living without Christ, his Holy Word, and his promised shield of protection is like a firefighter answering an alarm without bunker gear, tools, and the proper preparation. The Gospel protects, prepares, and it saves:

It protects by instructing us in the way we should live.

It prepares by giving us wise and godly counsel.

It saves by directing us to the Lord Jesus Christ, who is indeed the

ultimate saving “Jaws of Life,” for “everyone who calls on the

name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Prayer:

Thank you for always being with me, during training or on scene. At times, especially when extrication is involved, the tragedy before me causes my heart to be heavy-laden. Thank you for your Word, filled with godly instruction, rich counsel, encouragement, and comfort. Please bless my family as I serve the people who “call” upon me.


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