Sucker Punched

Every time I watch footage of assaults on officers, I am stirred emotionally. When I see the strike, the officer down and injured, the adrenaline starts pumping. As I was reading Proverbs 3:25-26: “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” I was immediately reminded of some recent footage I reviewed of an assault on an officer. Read More »

Open My Eyes

Many occasions invite and press me to enjoy the pleasure of closing my eyes—fatigue, a full stomach, a time of relaxation, a comfortable chair, warm sunshine, darkness, singing birds, a gentle breeze, a rushing stream—really, the list is endless. I find that I like to close my eyes more and more when I’m off duty. Read More »

For A Reason

“God has me here for a reason,” When I hear someone in custody make that statement, my insides shout, “I know the reason! You broke the law!”

God places importance and honor on our profession in Romans 13:1-4, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: Read More »

Arrows of the Archer

Genesis 49:23: “The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him”

As we read of Joseph beginning in Genesis 37, it is revealed that he was God’s chosen man. God had a powerful ministry for him, yet he experienced the arrows of the archers. Just as Joseph, we are uniquely positioned in God’s plan. Corrections work definitely places us where the arrows fly. Read More »

Fully Briefed

It’s a troublesome thing to not be briefed on the day. To come in and find the day starting with the night having been full of activity and to have to assume a position in haste, not being fully briefed, is dangerous and disheartening. It is dangerous for officers and dangerous for inmates. God never starts the day in haste. Read More »

Don’t Get Choked Out

Mark 4:7, 18-19

“And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit…And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” Read More »

Preparation For A Catastrophic Day

Are you prepared for doomsday? Will you survive? We hear much about it these days. Someone said that doomsday is any catastrophic day. The dictionary defines catastrophe as “A final event; conclusion; generally, an unfortunate conclusion, calamity, or disaster.” Every day can be potentially catastrophic in corrections work and sometimes one catastrophe can lead to another. The key is preparation, and our survival depends on it. There are some things we can do to prepare which leads to knowing what to do next when the unexpected happens suddenly. Read More »

Bring Down The Walls

Joshua 6:1: “Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.” In our profession, we may find ourselves walled in just like the inhabitants of Jericho, not reaching out and not letting anyone come in to us. The fact remains that the people in our custody are noted for not being trustworthy. There is a familiarity of sort that comes from doing time with offenders, but it is the foolish officer that is not aware of them at all times. The awareness of their potential to strike out against us in many different ways, urges us to build walls. These walls are built for good reason, and they are high and thick. We build them as Noah Webster defines a wall as “a place of security, a fortified place.” A wall of distance is put up to protect ourselves from the inmates getting to us when they try to play on our emotions, compassion, pity, or anger. Read More »