There’s been a lot of talk about one’s “finest hour”. When a person is at the top of their game, or does something incredible/heroic/etc. I’ve spent time reflecting on what I could call my own finest hour lately.

Was it graduating college? Getting married? Working on an MVA patient with a collapsing lung, praying ALS got there in time? Cutting victims from a mangled car? Removing children from abusive family? Truth is, my finest hour came before I ever graduated elementary school, when I learned about Jesus and accepted him as savior. There can be no finer hour for a person than that of his souls salvation. Nothing done on this Earth comes close.

I’m as certain that He was born, performed miracles, died on the cross and arose 3 days later as I am of the very words I type here tonight.

There is an old hymn that stares it perfectly:
“When I survey the wondrous cross
Oh which the Prince of glory died
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God
All the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to His blood
See from his dead, his hands,
His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Where the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small,
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my fire, my all.”
That moment I accepted Him was the Finest Hour. 

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By Matt House

Matt started off as a fire explorer at the age of 14 and stepped up to firefighter at the 18. Throughout high school and college, it defined his life. He thought it was the adrenaline or the dance with danger that drew him to it for years, but now he's learned it’s not those things that define him. It’s his desire to help others, often times in the worst day of their life. In order to succeed with this calling he must be at his absolute best each and every day. This same principle applies to his day career as a foster care worker. Parents who have lost their children are going through the hardest moment in their lives and it is up to him to get them the help that they need to reunify with their children. He fully believes in conducting himself with integrity and committing totally to the mission at hand, whether it is standing in a court room advocating for a young child or breaching into a smoke filled structure.

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