Proverbs 15:15 (NASB) All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast.
To most people, what I am about to share may seem a little strange, but for people who run into burning buildings, it will be understood. Every rookie in a fire department wants to go to a “working” company – one that sees fire daily. No one wants to go to what we call a “retirement” home. When I got my assignment at rookie school, I was stationed at Engine 13 right behind City Hall. It was one of the slower companies because of its location. Being downtown, not many buildings caught fire. I admit that I was a little saddened by my assignment. My dad worked all his career in the busiest houses. The houses that saw at least one fire a night, if not two. However, I was content in the fact that I made it through rookie school. I felt blessed to even have a job as a firefighter. I spent the first few months hearing that my classmates had gone to busy houses and had experienced their first fires their very first night on the job. Then one night, the Division Chief told me that I was going to drive him for the night. I remember saying, “Okay,” not realizing that the Division Chief went to every working fire in the city. As we approached the first fire of the night, his words to me (words that he repeated each time we pulled up to a working fire), “Find a buddy, stay with him, and help put out the fire.” For the next two years, each time we had an extra man, I drove the chief. When all was said and done, I saw more fires than all of my classmates. The key was being content with being placed at a slower house and how God blessed me. Experiencing true contentment is based more on how we handle things than on the actual situation before us. Where do you need to find God’s contentment?
Application:• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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