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Journey to Officership: The Lessons of Pride and Patience

This upcoming Monday, I should find out if I’m an Accepted Candidate for CFOT this fall.  I’m excited that the process is almost complete for my entrance to training and I can’t wait to begin learning at CFOT.

I have to say, this process has been nothing like I thought it would be.  I thought it would be an extremely easy, short process and that I would have been accepted back in the fall or winter.  I mean, I was a student from a Bible college with no house or car to worry about, no outside loans or debt, and experience working at THQ and CFOT.  I thought it would be a piece of cake.

While I won’t get into too much detail, there were still things in my life that needed to be dealt with.  The first lesson I learned was how to handle my pride.  I needed to realize that I am in no way a special case.  I needed to recognize that my pride led to a false assumption and evaluation of myself.  I needed to become honest with myself and admit that I do have faults and failures.  I’m not saying that I shouldn’t be proud of my accomplishments, but false pride can lead to a detrimental ego.  The candidate process has been a humbling experience.

The second lesson I learned was that of patience.  As I said, the candidate process has taken me 6+ months longer than I expected.  I believe God has used this as a way to teach me how to be patient and wait for the appropriate timing.  If you know me, I can be a “go, go, go” type of person.  God has been using this time of waiting to grow my patience – the patience I will need during officership.

These are not all the lessons I have learned this past year, but they are the major ones that have changed my perspective and have helped in my relationship with Christ.  I know that I am a lot different from what I was a year ago.  God knew these changes needed to happen in order to prepare me for officership.  I can’t wait to see what else God will do in the years to come!

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Blake Fewell
Blake Fewell is a Salvation Army Lieutenant serving as the Corps Officer in Marion, IN. He grew up in Rockford, IL attending The Salvation Army all his life. Blake is passionate about Salvation Army theology and ministry. Other passions include running, brass band music, social media, reading, writing, and preaching. He holds a Bachelor's degree in systematic theology from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and is working towards his Master's degree at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL.