"My dad was a firefighter while I was growing up." That's a pretty cool statement to make. And he has shared plenty of cool stories and pictures about his thrilling job. I remember watching him at several fires, including a rather large fire one Saturday night. I was coming home from my night shift at the local Burger King, and, from miles away, I could see the old Army/Navy store building being consumed by flames. It was cool to watch Lt. Steven Bruce Crews in action. Even though he's now retired from the department, he still talks about those days with great appreciation and sentimentality. I think sometimes he misses the thrill of being called out to a fire.
Do you want to start each day off properly, prepared for what the world has to throw at you? Are you tired of constantly putting out fires in your life? Are you being consumed by something as you read this blog? Then here's what you need to do -
STOP, DROP AND ROLL
- Stop - Psalm 46:10 starts with this simple sentence - "Be still, and know that I am God!" Notice the exclamation point at the end of the sentence. There's an extra amount of excitement there. It's not an option. It's a command! Start each day by stopping and spending some quiet time with Him. The benefits are immeasurable.
- Drop - Ephesians 6:18 commands the following - "Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere." Again it's not a suggestion, it a direct order. Drop to your knees, and spend time in prayer, not just selfishly for yourself, but especially for others.
- Roll - OK - stay with me here. You need to roll with Jesus all day long. How different would your life be if Jesus was physically next to you every moment of every day? Would you gossip about your coworker? Would you flip the bird to a driver on the road? Well He never leaves us. II Corinthians 2:14 reminds us of this message - But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ's triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.
Stop, Drop, and Roll - not just good fire safety, but also great life safety. Give it a try tomorrow.