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Train Up A Child
AS A STUDENT of leadership, I like to study stressful decisions leaders have made during the cataclysmic events that defined them in history. I often ask myself, what would ...

Captain Raul A. Angulo – Seattle Fire Department; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters Regional Director / International Board Member

TRAIN UP A CHILD

The Tommy Frankses of the future are here in our midst

AS A STUDENT of leadership, I like to study stressful decisions leaders have made during the cataclysmic events that defined them in history. I often ask myself, what would I have done if I were in charge of that situation?

In American Soldier, General Tommy Franks states, “Success in this campaign would depend more on character, sense of purpose, and value— the nation’s, the president’s, my own, and the troops’—than on raw military power.” Yes, a four-star general, ready to embark on a global military conflict, said it was going to come down to character, values, and sense of purpose—things he had learned as a young boy.

The design of the family and the relationship between parents and the children is profound in relation to the nature of God. We are his creation. We are made in his image but the family, by design, is also made in the triune image of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—father, mother, and child. The fire service is a noble profession. Most join because of a passion to serve and rescue others in times of emergency. Our jobs—coupled with other volunteer service, side jobs, and hobbies—sometimes result in neglecting our families. Many struggle with keeping these job, service, and hobby commitments in perspective with their commitment to their family. God makes the choice clear. You must put your love for God first, your family next, and then service.

General Franks is retired now. But the Tommy Frankses of the future are here in our midst. They’re in the back seat of your car, they’re out in the backyard playing, and they’re sitting around your dinner table. Don’t waste time. Start training them in character, instilling in them your values and principles. Help them develop a sense of purpose greater than themselves. If you don’t do it, someone else will. Don’t give up that God-given right and responsibility.

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. (Deuteronomy 6:5–8)

Prayer:

Thank you, Lord, for my family. As I set my priorities may I put my love for you first, then my family, job, and service.


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