Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy

Serving the Hearts & Minds of Central Oregon's First Responders
Godly Centered Life
There is a famous poet William Henley who wrote a poem named, Invictus, and two of the more popular lines were, “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” Now maybe some of us have lived or are attempting to live our lives like this quote. But what does scripture have to say about this?
As we read in the book of Acts, we are told, if we live in Christ, we live and we move and we have our being, and we can do everything through Him. You see, His mercy and grace are the very thing that allows us to do these things in life. Every phase of our life should be committed to Christ.
The truth of it is, none of us knows what the future really holds, that is why it is foolish to make our plans and schedules without God at the center. Our life is simply too short to do that. “We are a mist that appears for just a little while, and then it vanishes”, as we read in James 4:14.
Our lives do not last forever; even though sometimes we seem to forget. As first responders we are even more aware of this fact. Remember that every breathe that we take is a gift that has been given by our Creator. As we live out each day knowing that God is the Master of our fate, and the Captain of our souls, we can rest assured that we are in good hands. When we are faced with the tragedies and trials of life, we do not have to rely purely on our own strength to get us through, but in our Savior, who lacks nothing. Life can be difficult, and what it hands you can be hard to bear alone. The Lord says, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” – Matthew 11:30. He has stronger shoulders you and me.
Let us make Jesus Christ the center of everything that we do, in good times and in bad. This should mean, we are responsible then to make sure that ourselves and our families do everything in such a way that gives honor to the Lord. Allow the Lord to be your priority list setter. He took on the sins of the world, suffered death on the cross, rose from the grave over 2,000 years ago, and knows each of us better than we know ourselves, because we were and are His priority.
Chaplain David Green
Aug 6