A better fitness
Thursday, 07 September 2017
By Chaplain (Capt.) Tony Cech
Special to GUIDON

The United States Army wants us to be spiritually fit.

General George C. Marshall said, “the Soldier’s Heart, the  Soldier’s spirit, the Soldier’s soul are everything.”

One of the least explored components of fitness today is spiritual fitness.Spiritual fitness is something that can sustain a person in times of stress, hardship, and tragedy. After everything else in life is removed, taken, shaken or challenged, we are left with us.
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In our community, many of us are fitness nuts, but are we really healthy? Spiritual fitness is the health of the deepest part of us.

The Apostle Paul in the Christian New Testament said “physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8 NIV).”

Faith can sustain us but it must be developed like any other muscle or health practice. Like a newborn baby, faith needs to be nurtured

How do you develop faith? One, worship in community with others. Sometimes we think we can grow our faith from the couch. Like exercise, it doesn’t work from the couch. Find a place to worship.

Second we must talk to God.

Spiritual people call it prayer. In reality, it is a conversation with God. With that kind of freedom, we can tell God anything. The other part of a conversation however is listening. We must learn to listen to God’s voice. This is one of the reasons why I read my Bible. God spoke, and speaks today.  

How do we get spiritually fit? We must start with a faith that can sustain us. We must enter a relationship with God our maker. We grow by nurturing our faith through worship with others, prayer, learning/listening, and then following.

As we experience this relationship, we experience God, and when we experience God we grow in spiritual health. This kind of health can sustain us in the good times and hard times because He sustains us.

“Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8 NIV).”

(Editor’s note: Cech is the 31st Engineer Battalion chaplain.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 September 2017 )