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Control: who really has it?

Written by chaplain on 12 March, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

All first responders–from police to A&E Dr’s and nurses–all of you are required to take control.  You are called out or turn up to some of life’s worst things and you must be in control and take control. You are ‘fix it’ people! It’s just the nature of the job and maybe why you chose it.

As a Chaplain to police officers here in the UK, control is a big issue and one I am called on about the most. Things like….“My wife is leaving and has filed for divorce! It’s all out of my control!”  “I couldn’t…

stop it from happening and or protect them all.” “I couldn’t save him. It was just too late!” And last of all, the new one… “My position is gone. They just put me back on the streets in uniform! I had no say in the matter”.

Can you relate to those statements? Do you feel totally out of control at the moment? The truth of the position as a police officer is: you’re really not in control of your job. The force is. In the end, they have the final say in what happens and we are seeing this very clearly today. Things are changing and many things seem so out of your control. To those who have been trained to fix things and be in control at all times, this is stressful!

So what can I say that will fix all this as a “first responder” Chaplain? Well, I can’t fix or control the force or maybe your life but I can ask you to look at all these, “out of control” areas in a new light.

May I ask you:  ‘Just what are you in control of? Really, what can only you take charge of?’ The big one is yourself! I think there are at least five things that can make or break the whole situation you are in. But it starts with you:  your attitude, your anger, your actions, your words, and your integrity. These only you can control.

This mindset needs to be applied to both our personal “out of control” areas and our work “out of control” areas.  I really think if we look at what we do have instead of what we don’t have it make a big difference.

Now I can hear some of you saying… ‘Thanks Chaplain, that’s easy for you to say!’ Well, it’s not really because in many ways I can face some of the same issues in the role I am in. I have to take these five things to heart also. I can become cynical in my role just like you can in yours. But we both know it doesn’t help us in the end.

As I have been asked many times: ‘Is there any “Divine Help” when things are out of control?’ Yes, there is! Our Creator spelled it out in our manual, the Bible. When facing trial and changes and control issues today. Oh, and sometimes nasty people, try this:

  1. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31
  2.  “Call unto me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3—one of the great promises) How about calling on God?

Have a think about it. Who really is in control?

Just a chaplain’s chat.

Steve

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