Recently, rookie firefighter Emily Franklin battled her first fire. Over the summer, Colorado has been plagued with wildfires, and as a result,  Franklin was called into duty to fight her first fire in Estes, Colorado. As she battled the fire at one end of the town, she watched the fire engulf her own house at the other. Although she was conflicted, she never left her post.

Although it was not a great way to kick off her career, she praised the other firefighters for saving the rest of the town. The fire destroyed hundreds of homes (Emily’s included) and scorched 18,500 acres despite the efforts of more than 1,000 firefighters trying to bring it under control. She said, just being safe and saving the rest of the town was a miracle itself. Now that is a truly positive attitude during some very difficult times.

The Apostle Paul talked about this same positive mindset when he wrote, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil 4:8).

So take your cue today from a rookie firefighter in Colorado and the Apostle Paul and focus on the positive even in bad times.

Stay positive and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D