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The Scariest Duty - Part 3

Chaplain Bill Wolfe / Llano County Sheriff's Department

Welcome once again to the Chaplain’s Corner. I’m glad it’s April again. Spring Break is history one more time, and the bluebonnets are blooming, and we’ve had a little rain. I’m always glad to see it green up in the Spring… specially when everything turns brown in late August due to the lack of water.

The Scariest Duty – Part 3. It’s been enough now that some of you don’t remember parts 1 & 2, I’ll bet. As a starting point, let’s review a concept I threw out in the previous articles:

What makes something scary? Well, there is some component of the scenario that triggers a fear response. That component can be as diverse as the person facing it. It could be the subject(s) involved, the location, the time, the availability of backup. But I would suggest that two of the major things are the lack of confidence in the ability to control the situation, and the fear of the unknown – the inability to know all the variables in the situation and the unpredictability of the outcome. Or, to put it another way, the fear of the unknown is a fear of what impact the resolution of the event will have on me physically and/or mentally: Will it mess with my “status quo”? Will it rock my boat or sink it?

Religion in Policing

Facing the scary scenario and plowing through it is what some call taking a step (or leap) of faith. A person may well come out the other side a changed individual…

“A person may well come out the other side a changed individual…” Gee. I hadn’t realized that was in there until I just reread it. It has a relevance to what I was going to share that I hadn’t seen until just now. We’ll come back to that thought.

I want to share with you for a few minutes here, about a Man some deride as being a wimp…a lightweight. They don’t have a clue. This was a Man who faced the future knowing what, for the most part, it would bring and had the courage to go through with The Plan. It’s one thing to be brave when you don’t know the details about what you have to go through to reach the other side of an incident. But to know how much physical suffering is in store and choose to go ahead requires courage. To make a mental assessment of the scary situation is one thing. To take that “step of no return” is quite another.


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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Just read this one - thanks for the word of encouragement, Chaplain. It's been much needed the past few weeks.

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    FtrLaw002

    about 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    Good one.. Probably obvious to most of you all, the "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" is Psalm 22:1.. and he was drawing more attention to the Sacrifice He would be making in fulfilling the prophecies. He didn't actually think God abandoned him for good or forever, but his human nature totally endured the pain on that Cross.

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    Carmine_Johnson1

    over 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    One may never get the opportunity to know how the Lord is going to use a person's message. I want to let you know what an encouragement this is to me right now. Thank you.

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    retiremnpd58

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Keep up the FAITH, chaplin, we need you brother more than EVER!
    PHILIPPIANS 4: 13 SAYS: WE CAN DO ALL THINGS THROGH CHRIST, WHO STRENGTHENS US!

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    RevKenCoppock

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Just has Jesus conquered the Cross and Death, we too can conquer all things with our faith in Him. Excellent article Chaplain, and God bless and keep you safe.

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    ccso8462

    over 5 years ago

    1150 Comments

    Great article Chappy. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

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    professionalstudent

    over 5 years ago

    102 Comments

    Thanks again for giving me food for thought, and reminding me of all Jesus did for me! You are right, I've read that verse but never really thought about all it meant... (John 18:4).

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    tylert

    over 5 years ago

    8 Comments

    Thank you for this encouraging article!

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    ironman123

    over 5 years ago

    90 Comments

    great article thanks for sharing it with us

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    bruceg1220

    over 5 years ago

    746 Comments

    Thank you Brother, I look forward to reading topics like this.

    Your Brother in Christ and future Deacon and Police Chaplain,

    Bruce

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    arkansaslady47

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Very well said! Thank you for the insight.

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    Constable1

    over 5 years ago

    24 Comments

    Thanks Brother, you are so right. He has risen! Glory...glory...glory

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    tinbadge50

    over 5 years ago

    84 Comments

    Thank you Chaplain Wolfe!

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    sdaily

    over 5 years ago

    732 Comments

    It's been a while Chap!

    As Usual, I love reading your articles... They are what keeps me going!

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    AuntieAbby03

    over 5 years ago

    506 Comments

    Great article...

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