Monthly Archives: March 2010

2 Heroes from Ohio offer their lives this week

The numbers are scary. 41 deaths nationwide this year, up 78% from last year. This brings a total of 20,101 documented deaths in the Line of Duty. It’s been a rough year for officers everywhere. Here in Ohio, we have lost 4 this year in the “Line of Duty”, 2 of those this week.

Chief of Police Carl Worley – Ross Township Police – January 26, 2010
Trooper Andrew C. Baldridge – Ohio State Highway Patrol – February 4, 2010
Police Officer Thomas Patton II – Cleveland Heights Police – March 13, 2010
Patrolman James Kerstetter – Elyria Police – March 15, 2010

I’m asking all my friends and family to pray! Please pray for our police officers, sheriffs, deputies, and troopers. Please pray for their safety and well-being. Pray that the violence that is planned against them will cease (that “no weapon formed against them will prosper”). Pray for peace in our communities. Pray for safety on the highways. Pray that they can eat meals and attend services in peace. Pray that not one officer out there feels alone or forsaken.

So in honor of the Ohio heroes I post a poem that has touched the hearts of officers and supporters, The Final Inspection:

The officer stood and faced his God.
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, Officer,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To your church have you been true?”

The officer squared his shoulders and said,
” No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because all of us who carry badges
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was rough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent
Because the streets are tough.

But I never took a penny
That wasn’t mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got way too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept an unmanly tear.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, it needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t… I’ll understand!

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints have often trod.
As the officer waited quietly
For the judgment of his GOD

“Step forward now, Officer.
You’ve borne your burdens well
Come walk a beat on heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell”

author unknown

Authentic Leadership Session 7

Tonight Pastor Pat did another great job during Authentic Leadership Session 7. Here is just a thought or two before I get to the story:

1. If you kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you would not sit for a month.
2. Self Identity – The THOUGHT I believe to be true about myself.

The biggest thing tonight was the final exercise. We have a chart of the thoughts we think about ourselves, 5 positive things on one side, 5 negative on the other. Then we discuss how those are translated into how we FEEL about ourselves.

POSITIVE | NEGATIVE
————-+————
Smart |Quick tempered/angry
Funny |sometimes clueless
Outgoing |out-of-shape
personable |prayer life
Helpful |Obsessive need to win

For me, the negative seemed to flow easier. Is that natural, or is that a product of conditioning? Then as I was thinking about it, a quote from the West Wing came to mind. Let me set this up for you. I loved the West Wing. And there were times that I am convinced that the Lord used something on the show to speak to me. And this was one of them tonight. Episode 5 “THE CRACKPOTS AND THESE WOMEN” began with a “Friendly basketball game between the president and his staff. Then when President Bartlett brings in a ringer Toby says “After you’re gone, and the poets write, ‘The Legend of Josiah Bartlet,’ let them write you as a tragic figure, sir. Let the poets write that he had the tools of greatness, but the voices of his better angels was shouted down by his obsessive need to win.”

That quote came to mind tonight. Tools of Greatness. Obsessive need to win. That was my fifth negative trait. I see it in my life. Home, work, driving, shopping. I have to win. I have to get the last word in an argument. I have to prove to the Loan Officer that I do know what I’m doing. I have to have a list with no deviations. There has to be that clear cut purchase at Meijer or Lowes. I have to win. Or I won’t play. I have the “tools of greatness”, but are the voices of my better angels was shouted down by my obsessive need to win? By my anger? By my tendency to withdraw if I feel like there’s no win in sight? If I were honest, my biggest fear is that the “voices of my better angels” would not be heard over my actions.

The show ends on an up note. When discussing it later Bartlett asks Toby if he meant what he said. And after agreeing Toby says “Tell you what though, sir. In a battle between a President’s demons and his better angels, for the first time in a long while, I think we might just have ourselves a fair fight.”

Lets hope I have that fair fight on my hands.