Calling the MAYDAY
MAYDAY! You are in trouble.
Your marriage has collapsed.
Your spouse is leaving or has left you.
Call for help!
James 4:2 states, “You have not because you ask not”.
Our pride is often our biggest enemy. We believe that we can do anything. After all, people call us to solve their problems right?
This can be a detriment to your marriage. Call upon God, humble yourself and ask for help.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).
Reach out to your brothers/sisters in the fire service. I find it discouraging that we will lay down our lives for complete strangers but yet we will not confide in one another when we are hurting.
I know that many of us have fallen victim to confiding in someone only to find out that they betrayed our trust. When you are hurting don’t put up a false front. Those who know you best will see through it quickly and if you don’t confess it to them you may find your situation worsening.
Humble yourself and realize that your marriage is more important than another’s opinion. If you are a firefighter who is pinned down and needs help, you do not care who helps you as long as help comes and comes quickly.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
My coworkers and I believe that it is better to have abundant resources than having to wait for the cavalry. In other words, “I’d rather be looking at it than looking for it. ”The body of Christ is all around you and if you call His name He will be there”.
Many churches offer marital counseling, divorce care, and other marriage ministries to help those in need. As in the fire service if you think you are in trouble you probably are: Call the May Day! Don’t let your pride get in the way of losing your spouse and your children.
Rapid Intervention Teams
You have called for help and are awaiting the cavalry. Sadly, not everyone’s relationships will be reconciled. As in RIT scenarios not all firefighters are rescued successfully.
The most common similarities in fire ground line of duty deaths after a MAYDAY has been transmitted were a lack of fire ground accountability, no hose line protection, and poor communication.
In Part 4 we will continue the Marriage MAYDAY and explore a big word in marriage and on the fireground…accountability.
Part 3 of 5
Part 1 Link:http://firefightertoolbox.com/marriage-mayday-part-1-knowing-call-help/
Park 2 Link: