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Please distribute to all Police, Dispatch, Paramedic and Fire personnel – Happy Fourth of July

First, I again wish to thank everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your assistance.

July 4th as a holiday means different things to different people. For some of us it involves playing the game “was it fireworks or gunshots” when we receive a call from our citizens. For others it may involve putting out fires for inexperienced grillers. And others it is “Do I have to work 8, 12, or 16 hours that day?”

All kidding aside, we celebrate freedom in different ways. Freedom is an ideal that is different as we are. For some of us, we think of celebrations, others think of military, sacrifices, or even relatives that have died while defending the ideal of freedom.

But even though it means different things to each of us, what we can agree on is that freedom comes with a big price tag, and it continues to mount. The most recent numbers I’ve seen have an estimated count of military combat deaths between 666,441 and 1,354,664 people.  While that is an astounding number, think of the additional public safety personnel we have identified. There are over 4492 firefighters (Since 1980, still working on pre-1980 numbers) and 23,767 police officers, and we identify more historic sacrifices every day.  That doesn’t even factor in the thousands of veterans who have served and not died, as well as officers, medics and firefighters that have served in the US. Freedom may be free, but it certainly is not cheap. We honor them as we hold them in our thoughts during parades and memorials. And we honor their sacrifice as we live our daily lives, trying to make the world a better place and a safer place.

But for you, I’d like to give you some encouragement.  I know it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day part of our jobs. Sometimes dealing with the same people. Political fights in and out of our departments, and sometimes doing what we can to stay afloat. Trust me, I get it.  But just because your situation may seem low on meaning, it doesn’t mean that your position is.

You are part of a significant group of people. The function of keeping us safe and secure as we live our lives (either from fighting the fires, saving lives, fighting through the “golden hour” or apprehending those who intend to do us harm) is critical for the people you serve.  So I want to thank each of you out there keeping us safe, secure, and protected every day. I don’t think that you get near the amount of gratitude that you deserve, but never forget that you are appreciated. Never forget that you are looked up to by countless people. Never forget that every time you put on that uniform, you are making a difference.

So this fourth (or whenever you can celebrate if you are working that day), take some time and celebrate and enjoy your freedom. Spend time with family and friends. Take time to remember a partner that is no longer here. Eat somewhere besides fast food or 2 day old cold lunches. Remember a citizen or two that you made a difference for. Do a good deed for someone. Go somewhere and get a pat on the back. These are some of the things that make us human.

Most of all, don’t give up, don’t surrender, DO NOT QUIT. My email and number is below and if you need to share something that you don’t feel you can tell anyone, I’ll get back with you, and everything is held in the strictest confidence.

I’ve said it before and will say it until I take my last breath; you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough. Thank you for all that you do. I wish a happy Fourth of July to each and every one of you.

 

Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.
Chaplain
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Blog: https://chaplainthoughts.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DoctorMichael

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Police Week 2019 Prayer Points

Each year I post some prayer thoughts for Police Week. Most of this is taken from a note I did in 2012, but added some modifications each year. For all my law enforcement friends, spouses, and Chaplains: If you think of anything to add, let me know!

I’m asking all my friends to pray for our Police Officers this week more than any other. Even now as the anti-police movement continues to stir hatred of our officers, it is up to us to keep them in our prayers. May 12-18 this year is Police Week. It was designated by President Kennedy in “recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws”. I’ve listed some “prayer targets” for each day. This is a work in progress, so as I find things or as other officers give me suggestions, I’ll update the list. Also, you will see some action “ideas”. The book of James tells us that “faith without works is dead.” So do something. Get involved. Be kind. Make a difference.

Note: National Peace Officers Memorial Day falls on Wednesday May 15 in 2019. Because National Police Week takes place during the calendar week on which May 15 falls, this year’s official National Police Week dates are Sunday, May 12, 2018 through Saturday, May 18, 2018. However, several annual events will take place before May 15.

Romans 13:1-4 tells us “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

Friday 10th-Sunday 12th – Safe trips to DC, local memorials

Monday 13th – Community support for officers
-Prayer targets:
— Officers would be honored in the communities they serve.
— Officers would not be hated for doing their job-upholding the law and correcting law-breakers.
-Ideas:
— Officers love simple tokens of appreciation. Buy their lunch when one is in the drive-thru behind you.
— When you see businesses giving officer discounts, let the manager/owner know that you appreciate that.
— Get involved. Call/visit your local police department (during business hours) and ask them what you can do to help.
— Post blue lights in your windows to show your respect for officers.
— Join/start a neighborhood watch.
— Greet them when you see them in public.

Tuesday 14th – Officer Safety
-Prayer targets:
— That no department would have to choose something else over officer safety due to small budgets.
— Officers would have wisdom and safety in all situations.
— Pray Isaiah 54:17 -No weapon formed against them shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against them in judgment will be condemned.
-Ideas:
— Have your house number in a location where it can be seen in the event they need to respond to you.
— Only use 911 in cases of emergency.
— If you are stopped pull over as far to the right as possible so that, when the officer comes up to your widow, he or she won’t have to worry about being clipped by vehicles in the right lane.
— Do NOT get out of your car unless the officer asks you to do so.
— If a police car is coming behind you with its siren blaring or emergency lights flashing, pull over to the right safely and quickly.

Wednesday 15th – Officer Families
Note: Officers have a higher rate of divorce than the general public.
-Prayer targets:
— That the families might know peace when their loved ones are on duty.
— That the families have understanding when the officer they love is under stress.
— That officers would be able to separate work and home, and that their families can support them in times of stress, and know that their stress is not directed to them.
-Ideas:
— If you are fortunate enough to know a police officer, offer to babysit while they go out with their wives.
— If you know an officer and you can see he is having a rough time, just be available. They don’t have to tell you what’s going on, but they may need someone to talk to.
— If an officer tells you something in confidence, KEEP IT IN CONFIDENCE. Don’t tell the neighborhood that an officer is struggling in their marriage.
— Be good neighbors and human beings. How do you want people to treat YOUR family?

Thursday 16th – Officer Seclusion, isolation
-Prayer targets:
— That an officer will never feel isolated from his peers or superiors.
— That an officer will never feel like they are facing their struggles alone.
— Pray that God would send good and trustworthy friends into their lives.
-Ideas:
— If you are fortunate enough to know a police officer, invite their family to your house for a cookout.
— When you see an officer, discretely and kindly ask if they would like you to pray for anything. And don’t be offended if you hear “No.”

Friday 17th – Mental stress, anxiety, suicides
Note: Most officers will shy away from talking about this. Officers are taught control from day one. If they are not in control, someone could die. When officers lose the ability to control their circumstances, self-doubt may set in. Officer suicides are two times higher than the general public.
-Prayer targets:
— That an officer will not struggle with self-doubt.
— That an officer will never feel like they are facing their struggles alone.
— Pray departments would give good stress detection and suicide prevention programs.
— Pray officers would always see a way through the pain and struggles they face.
— Ability to relax off-duty – Officers are human beings and need to rest.
-Ideas:
— If you are fortunate enough to know a police officer, invite their family to your house for a cookout.
— If an officer tells you something in confidence, KEEP IT IN CONFIDENCE. Don’t tell the neighborhood that an officer is struggling in his marriage.
— When you see an officer, discretely and kindly ask if they would like you to pray for anything. And don’t be offended if you hear “No.”

Saturday 18th- Departments and families of 2018 Line of Duty deaths
Note: There were 163 deaths in the “Line of Duty” in 2018 with am additional 28 K9 officers. Over 100 departments across the United States will honor names added to “the wall” in DC.
-Prayer targets:
— That officers and families would experience healing from the pain of their loss.
— That departments would develop programs for support before they are needed.
— Pray officers would not experience “survivor’s guilt”.
-Ideas:
— Contact your local police department/Sheriff’s office to see if they have any memorial events. Attend them.
— If your local department has memorial gardens, plaques, or stones, visit them. They died protecting you and your family.

Please distribute to all Police, Paramedic, Fire and Dispatch personnel – Merry Christmas 2018

I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. For those of you in stations or cars or behind the mic working during the holidays, we appreciate the sacrifices you and your family are making while ensuring our safety and security. It does not go unappreciated or unnoticed.

This year I did something that most of us have done before…I purchased a new car. Well, it wasn’t exactly new , it was a 2017. But still, that’s the newest vehicle I have ever owned. Ever. So now I try harder to keep it clean than I did other vehicles before. I haven’t eaten in the car, and try to be responsible.  (Hang with me, I’m going somewhere). One day after one of my Chaplain duties, I got back in the car and it smelled like cigarette smoke! (This is weird because I don’t smoke and haven’t had anyone in the car that had.) So I smelled my uniform. Nope. Looked around to make sure I got in the right car. Still nothing (Yes, that has happened before!). I tried to figure it out for a few days. Nothing. (And I knew I had to figure it out before my wife got in the car!) Then one day I dropped something on the floor and I found what I was looking for : A cigarette butt and some ashes. So what I guessed had happened was that I somehow tracked in a cigarette that was not all the way out onto the rubber mat floor. Luckily there was no damage to the car and the situation was easily fixed. (I know, my life is hard…)

So what does that have to do with us? I’m glad you asked. Sometimes we just walk through our lives and something sticks to us. It may be through no fault of our own, and might even be easily addressed, but we just don’t notice, or take the time to do so. Is there something in your life that you want to get rid of this year? Make a commitment and do it! Or if nothing is sticking to us, maybe we can help someone needing to shake something off their life.

I also ask that you do me a small favor. Your jobs are hard and demanding, so take some time over the holidays to do something that is fun, something you enjoy. Even if you have to work through them, do something that makes you happier.

During the holidays, I always put in this information, because I know that someone may need it. The holidays are meant to be times of joy, happiness, time with those we love and hope. While it can produce stress for even the best of us, for some of you can be a time of sadness, frustration or depression. It can be hard to balance out what you have to deal with and still know that there are great people in society as well. I also know that it’s hard for us to reach out sometimes (and I’m no exception to this rule). If you find yourself struggling in this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. Your departments may have Employee Assistance Care, Chaplains, Chiefs, and any other Supervisor available for help. There is also other Clergy and/or even friends for guidance and assistance should you need it. My phone is always on and I’ll make myself available to help you in any way that I can. Call us, grab us after roll call, or send an email. Reach out if you need to.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and best wishes for 2019. I’ve said it before and will say it again, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

 

Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.
Chaplain
Blog: https://chaplainthoughts.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DoctorMichael

Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Dispatch personnel – Thanksgiving 2018

Distribution: Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Dispatch personnel – Thanksgiving 2018

As always, I want to give another thank you to all who forward this message to your departments and staff. You trust me enough to share my message to others, and I strive to not make you regret that decision.

Evaluation. Reflection. Response Summary. After Action Review. These words can strike fear (or at the least some intimidation) into our hearts. It’s like the proverbial “call to the principal’s office”. But I want to take a little time and do just that today.

This email marks the tenth year I have sent out these emails. Some of you have been with me form the initial email, some this is your first, and others fall somewhere in between. I want to thank each of you for being there, no matter when you joined me. It’s always been my goal to show appreciation to those I felt weren’t getting the appreciation they deserved. It’s my hope that somewhere along the way that each of you felt that. I’ve received a lot of feedback over the last ten years (and have kept every single one).

What I didn’t know, is how much this would change me.  I’ve hosted rallies, challenged the media, been interviewed, visited hospitals, performed weddings and attended funerals.  I’ve been on ride alongs, sat down to meals, and counseled during hard life choices. And I made a career change and left IT to become a dispatcher myself.

And I’ve learned that you can not start on “a journey” and not end up changing yourself along the way. But I guess you don’t have to be told that, right? When you look back at that photo from the academy, being sworn in, or the first day on the job, how much have you changed? In some ways for the better, other ways, possibly not so much. So what is 2019 look like for me? I want to take the positive changes in my life and continue to develop those. And I want to look at those negative changes, and come up with a plan to counter them. What does it look like for you? What do you want (or need) to do to have a better or happier 2019? We can’t keep the evil and darkness out of our lives, we can for sure fight it every step of the way. And maybe that’s what the story of our lives is about. Maybe it’s not about eliminating the darkness, evil and pain, but fighting in spite of them to make this world a better place.

So from the bottom of my heart, thanks for coming along with me. And I hope we continue our trip together.

I always add this in for the holidays. We all know that the holidays can be a time of sadness, frustration extra stress or depression. If you find yourself struggling in this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. Your departments may have Employee Assistance Care, Chaplains, Chiefs, other supervisors, clergy and/or even friends for guidance and assistance should you need it. I’ll make myself available to help you (my contact information is at the bottom) in any way that I can. Call us, grab us after roll call, or send an email. Reach out if you need to. Life is a battle best fought with others.

In closing, as always, thank you so much for who you are, and all you do. I’ve said it before and will say it again: You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.

Chaplain

6691 Dial Drive

Huber Heights, OH 45424

Blog: https://chaplainthoughts.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DoctorMichael

Distribution: Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Dispatch personnel – September 11, 2018

Distribution: Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Dispatch personnel – September 11, 2018

As always, I want to give another thank you to all who forward this message to your departments and staff. You trust me enough to share my message to others, and I strive to not make you regret that decision. To all my readers, I hope to improve your lives, at least in some small way. If you are reading this, then I think you might hope for that too. Trust me when I say, it isn’t something I take lightly.

As members of the public safety profession, we took a job that can be physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally demanding. September 11th continues to show us that seventeen years later. We are still loosing people from events that happened that day. For those that follow ODMP or the USFA we still see Line of Duty deaths tied to that date. That date still also continues to have emotional ramifications for us.

So what are we to do? You know as well as I do, we are never going to outrun tragedy. It will find us, and when it does, how will we make it to the “other side” or to the “new normal” that we tell people about? I think a key in doing that is something I heard in a training class I attended a few years back. OPOTA hosted an Active Shooter Introduction session. One line the instructor said that stuck with me was this: “You have to train your mind to go where your body may one day need to go.” While he was taking about response, I think it is a principle that applies to a lot of our lives.

We may not know when or what degree tragedy will visit us. What we know is it WILL visit us, and we owe it to ourselves, our families and the people we love to be ready for that day. What are some ways to do that? Here are a few (and yes, some we have heard before!) that can help us prepare.

1) Get sufficient rest. (Yes, go ahead and roll your eyes). This bit of advise is almost like people telling us to “eat your vegetables” or “get regular exercise” (Spoiler alert, also on the list), but it is definitely true. If you are deprived of sleep, your mind is not as sharp, our decisions are slower and not as well designed. There is even information from the National Institute of Heath that “Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.” 1

2) Work on better eating habits. This is one of the things that I need work on too. It goes beyond the getting and staying physically healthy. Also notice the word “better”. Drastic changes usually don’t stick so as long as we are improving and moving towards the target that is much more sustainable.

3) Work on better exercise habits. Again, notice the word “better”. Drastic changes usually don’t stick so as long as we are improving and moving towards the target that is much more sustainable. And this is beyond working out. There are countless benefits of activity that gives us oxygen and helps us ward off stress.

4) Train. I had an instructor say that “No one gets smarter under stress.” We all know people who have done something and we ask (or think) “Why in the world did you do THAT?” This also goes beyond our job functions. Do we have a family emergency plan in place? If we do, does it work? If my wife can not reach me, does she know who to call?  If we are out in public and tragedy decides to pay us a visit, does our family know what to do?

5) Take a vacation. This does not have to be elaborate, productive or cost a lot. Rest, relax, re-focus, and spend time with family and friends…where work can not find us. Maybe it’s at the lake, the beach, fishing in Colorado, at a cabin in the woods or a long hiking trail. Just go. Sometimes you have to take a break to “Sharpen the saw”.  2

6) Get/Keep affairs in order. This one may not be near as fun as the vacation, but still as important. Updated wills, information on life insurance policy, department funeral policies, benefit information, etc are all very important things to have available BEFORE bad happens. Who calls your job if something happens off duty, and who do they call? Don’t make your loved ones guess.

7) Give affirmation to people every chance you get.

That’s just a few thoughts. And maybe this can be somewhat interactive. Are you doing things that work well for you? Share that information! Tell your friends, (even let me know via email or you can also put comments on my blog under this topic).

In closing, as always, thank you so much for who you are, and all you do. I’ve said it before and will say it again: You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

Notes:

1 https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/sleep-deprivation-and-deficiency
2 https://www.livingontherealworld.org/habit-7-sharpen-the-saw/

 

 

 

Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.
Chaplain
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Blog: https://chaplainthoughts.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DoctorMichael

 

Please distribute to all Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Dispatch personnel – Fourth of July 2018

As always, I want to say a big thank you to all who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your assistance.

I also want to thank each of you reading this. Your time is important and I understand that. I’m honored to just be a part of that. I hope you will find some encouragement or inspiration. I know you’re busy and you do a lot to get ready for your shift. So again, thank you for reading.

We are quickly closing in on July 4th, (even quicker than I realized!) the day we celebrate our independence by handling lots of fireworks-related calls! But joking aside, what would our Founding Fathers think of America today?

I began thinking about that due to a hobby I caught up on recently. I had begun working on my family tree a few years ago so that I can tell my son “where he came from” and one day turn it over to his care. I’ve come to see that there are some interesting people in my family tree (and to those of you who know me it’s probably no surprise!). I would read some of their stories about coming to America, or how they lived in early America, or the struggles in Eastern Kentucky in the 1800’s. I thought, “Man, some of these people had a real tough life”. Then the thought came to me “What would they think of how I’ve lived my life thus far?” Maybe a little farther than that, “In a hundred years when I am no longer here, and all my family has to go on is what I had done, what kind of “legacy” would they have?

Sometimes during certain times we think about “legacy”. And if you’ve noticed, quite a few of these notes discusses that in some form or fashion. So I’m going to give a few principles about how to build a legacy.

 

  1. What is most important to me? Make a list. There can be a lot that goes on this list for us. Figure out what that is for you. It could be things like family, friends, social groups, religions groups or something like being healthy, educated or accomplished. Figure out what that is. Then….
  2. What am I doing with what’s important to me? Now that we know what is important, what do we do with it? Also, if you’re anything like me, there are some things I do and places I go that are completely unimportant. Am I balancing that, or am I just blowing through life with reckless abandon? Are the things that I say is important getting my time and money, or is something “stealing my life”?
  3. Am I sharing my story with others? Sometimes we learn things the hard way (I know I do.) Do we share those lessons with others? This goes beyond teaching the rookie how to do a traffic stop, fire ground operations, and the technical part of our jobs. I remember the advice I got from a Riverside officer when I went to night shift, and that was invaluable to me and it saved me pain and frustration. Do we help others with the “life lessons” we learned? Some of the mistakes I made, I don’t want anyone to have to learn the hard way. So it’s important to me to share my story with others. Who knows? Maybe I can make like a little less painful and a little happier for someone else.
  4. Do I exemplify integrity? If the answer is anything other than “Yes”, there is time to work on it. Today is the best day to start. If people looked at my life and judged all chaplains by my life, would I like the standard that is set?
  5. What can I do to raise the level of humanity just a little bit today? This one I asked last year and I like it so I’m going to repeat it. Am I “raising the level” of my family, my friends, my department, or am I lowering the level in some way. Am I making more deposits, or more withdrawals?

There are possibly dozens of questions we could look at, but this gives us a start. Sometimes, even the best of us lose that perspective. We all need a “shot in the arm” from time to time (or maybe a “kick in the pants” if you’re anything like me). So if you find yourself struggling, ask someone you trust, ask a Chaplain, ask that trusted co-worker, or you can ask me, my contact information is below.

So, Happy Independence Day, America! Let’s go out and leave a legacy.

In closing, as always, thank you so much for who you are, and all you do. I’ve said it before and will say it again, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.

 

Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.
Chaplain
6691 Dial Drive
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Blog: https://chaplainthoughts.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DoctorMichael

Please disseminate to all law enforcement: Police Week 2018

As always, I want to say thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to distribute this message. I cannot express my gratitude enough for your assistance. I also want to thank you, the reader. While I can’t visit with each of you individually, I can, however, remind and show you that people DO care. This message is being read by departments of all shapes, sizes and locations. To each of you, welcome. I know you’re busy and you do a lot to get ready for your shift. So thank you for reading and I hope it will be beneficial to you.
May 13-19,2018  marks the period that we call “Police Week”.  In 1962, President Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day, when we set aside a time of “Recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, stand guard in our midst to protect us through enforcement of our laws”.
I, like a lot of you, will attend memorials or private ceremonies during the month. Some of you may just gather together to reminisce about our fallen friends, and our blue family. Most of us will do something so we remember them and never forget what they have done for us.
Today I want to talk about a word I’ve heard lately. Stuck.
Not a real appealing word is it? Stuck. Stuck in a situation, stuck in a bad relationship, stuck in our career. Maybe we feel stuck because of our choices, or the choices of others. We aren’t happy because we feel stuck. Sometimes the day to day life we live becomes a “routine” which can make us feel on auto-pilot and unimportant.  Ghandi is quoted as saying, “Be the change you want to see.” Sometimes we forget that WE are the change agent in our lives.
1. Let Something go. Sometimes we keep ourselves chained by holding on to the past. We have all had people “do us wrong” . This is something I have to talk with a lot of people about. Holding grudges is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. No matter how bad something was, we can CHOOSE to walk past it. It may be hard, and it may take some time, but I refuse to let someone control me, especially those who are no longer in my life.
2. Exchange the mundane. A lot of us operate in our “comfort zone” . We eat at the same places, shop at the same places and vacation at the same places. This year, BREAK OUT.  Inner change naturally creates outer change, and the funny thing is , outer change can also bring about inner change. Eat somewhere different, take a different route home (or even swing by a park). Hit the trails instead of the gym. Re-arrange your living room. Consciously do something different in your life and see what happens.
3. Ask yourself “Is there something I’m missing?”. We usually have to know what the problem is before we can fix it.  Take a few minutes to reflect on your life, like a weekend camping, at the lake, or at a fancy hotel (hey, you’ve earned it!).
4. Renew your purpose. Why are you doing what you are doing? We all talk about things that the “current me” would tell the “younger me”, but what about the other way around? What would that 20-something you tell you why you became a cop? Find others who are helping people at a level that you want and see what they do?
5. Never exclude a professional.  Maybe you want to stop and unhealthy habit (smoking , drinking, eating so much fast food). Maybe it’s finding how to grow in your career. It could be figuring out how to fix that relationship in our live that is really bringing us down. There is no shame going to someone who knows something I don’t, and asking them to show me what do do to get where I want. It could be a doctor, counselor, chaplain, HR, motivational coach, or a recent retiree.
Why is this important? I think one way to bring “credit” to my past, my heritage, or “those who came before me” is to make a difference in other people’s lives. And sometimes, to do that, I have to make a difference in mine.
Thanks for spending a few minutes with me. For all my law enforcement family reading this, I’m praying for an especially peaceful and safe week for you: safe traffic stops, safe building searches, and safe DV calls. I pray for a time of healing for the departments reading this who have had a loss in the last year, or with a loss that continues to hurt. I pray that those of you making trips to Washington and state memorials will have a safe trip. For those who are attending a memorial to honor a fallen brother or sister, I pray for healing. But most of all, I hope now more than ever, there is an outpouring of appreciation form the communities that you serve.
In closing, thank you for who you are, and all you do. I’ve said it before and will say it for the remainder of my days. You all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough.
Dr. Mike A. Crain I, D.Min.
Chaplain
Huber Heights, OH 45424