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By Pastor Fernando Villicana, Correspondent | January 01, 2020 | NATIONAL

Story No. 120619101

It is a new year again! 2019 is behind us, 2020 is here and we all get a fresh start. Lots of people aren’t really crazy about the idea of newness. But newness has the capacity of opening new opportunities, like the fulfilling of our purpose. This is probably one of the most rewarding feelings we as mortals can feel. This is especially true to those in all aspects of the Emergency Services. We are often placed in the unique situation of actually being able to understand the true sense of satisfaction this brings one. But are we not designed to fulfill a much bigger purpose? Was not God's plan for us to fulfill the purpose of a Christian and thus fulfill His purpose?

Each tool used in the Fire Service has a specific purpose. Just this past week I responded to a well involved single-family residence fire. The homeowner told us that their family dog was still in the house. The Incident Commander immediately assigned an Engine Company to search the home for the dog. After the dog was rescued and resuscitated, the PIO told the news media that it would have taken much longer to locate the dog if it had not been for a new type of thermal imager that they had just put into service. Again, the tools and equipment serve a specific purpose. God means for us to find joy in fulfilling our purpose in life. Just as there is a satisfying rightness when a good tool is used for exactly the right purpose, there is a wholesome goodness when progress is made toward being who we were created to be. Good deeds are good not only because they are right, but because they contribute to the fulfillment of our purpose.

But what is the purpose for which we were created? One answer is that we are called upon to show forth His goodness through us. Jesus taught, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

As we enter a new year, may we also enter into a renewed purpose.

We never really know exactly what the New Year will holds for us. But Christians are familiar with the language of newness: At the end of our story, the One seated on the throne says, “I make all things new.”

Happy New Year.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.