Before I was in ministry, I was involved in training law enforcement. When good guys go in harms way inside a building, they have to clear rooms – ensure no bad guys are there. This is one of the most dangerous activities you can do… That is why you clear rooms as a team (this is not new info to anyone who has seen a spec ops unit on TV or watched one of the many "SWAT" shows on A&E).
One of the most common ways to get hurt room clearing is to neglect your assigned AO – Area of Operation. Each operator must enter a room and clear a certain part of it – from corner one to corner two for example – your AO. But if you spend time focusing on another man’s AO (say you saw a threat there or just lost focus) your AO could remain hostile and the whole team can become injured.
Sometime I find it hard to stay focused on my own AO…
- Am I as good a father as he is?
- A fellow co-worker now works elsewhere… am I as good a leader?
- I see other pastors speak… am I as close to God as I should be?
I don’t always feel qualified to be me… But when I catch my eyes wondering to someone else’s AO, I have to focus on what God assigned ME to do. Not every team member who enters a room gets the same shake… some guys have multiple targets, some have none. But they all have the same responsibility – Check your AO.