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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 1, 2012 - Evaluate But Don’t Hesitate?

By Gary Rogers

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” (John 4:35, NKJV).

As a fireman I learned the difference between evaluation and hesitation. In an emergency situation people’s lives depend on split-second decisions. Those decisions must be the result of a plan that has a specific process that brings a desired end result. Sometimes it is difficult to keep from running into a circumstance without a plan. You see the need. You understand what has to happen. You need to move quickly. But what does that move look like, and what should be the outcome?

Once the plan is formulated there must be no hesitation. Things need to move quickly. The right tool, the right approach and the right method all need to come together and move towards the desired outcome. All this is done within seconds of arriving at a scene. There can be no hesitation once the plan of attack is established. It is full-throttle forward! Hesitation can result in a missed opportunity and loss of life.

One evening our emergency was the extrication of a car wreck victim. The run was outside our city limits to assist a neighboring fire department that didn’t have a jaws of life. When we arrived, a 19-year-old young man was pinned by the front seat pushing him under the dashboard. Do we break the windshield and attach a chain to the front bumper and the dash and use the tool to close them together and free the victim? Or do we place the closed two front edges of the tool in front of the seat and between it and the dashboard, and push it back and free the victim? The latter decision was made, and the victim was out in a matter of seconds after set up.

The same urgency is needed for lost souls. Yes, you need to evaluate your approach. What are the best words to use? How is the Holy Spirit leading? Is there a specific need in their lives the Lord can use to show His love and compassion through you? But once the evaluation is made and the direction from the Holy Spirit is given, it’s time to move! Hesitation can result in a lost opportunity.

Hesitation comes from fear and insecurity. You may never feel completely confident before you begin to move, but if you don’t move the opportunity will be missed and the victim will not be saved.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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