I always begin my day reading a devotional. This particular story from Max Lucado’s Grace for the Moment sends a strong message to “never quit.” Firefighters have that character of “never quitting,” when working at a job. But away from the job and in the firehouse or at home, they too can struggle to keep going. Sometimes firefighters need help too, and that’s when the brother/sisterhood really comes together. Help a brother or sister out; don’t quit on them.
He Didn’t Quit
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. ~John 1:11 NIV
Lee Ielpi is a retired firefighter, a New York City firefighter. He gave twenty-six years to the city. But on September 11, 2001, he gave much more. He gave his son. Jonathan Ielpi was a fireman as well. When the Twin Towers fell, he was there.
Firefighters are a loyal clan. When one perishes in the line of duty, the body is left where it is until a firefighter who knows the person can come and quite literally pick it up. Lee made the discovery of his son’s body his personal mission. He dug daily with dozens of others at the sixteen-acre graveyard. On Tuesday, December 11, three months after the disaster, his son was found. And Lee was there to carry him out.
The father didn’t quit. Why? Because his love for his son was greater than the pain of the search. Can’t the same be said about Christ? Why didn’t he quit? Because the love for his children was greater than the pain of the journey.