This morning as I sat at my kitchen table going through product catalogs, I got lost in my thoughts. I wish I could remember the exact way it happened to better describe the moments of the day. Unfortunately, I can’t. I began to think about the military and their readiness program to get incoming civilians ready to stand against the enemy of the United States or its allies. Lucky for me my husband is a veteran and I get the inside scoop on the details of the training.
Now, anyone who knows the military may leave me a few comments regarding how I state a few of these things. Please bare with me as I navigate my way through this and bring the point home! As I went through hours of research and discussing a few things with my husband I narrowed the training down into three parts.
Physically- Exercise, Hydration, Endurance, Strength train, Diet
In order for a soldier to be combat ready they must be able to carry 60-80lbs. Which means the military offers and demands a strict PT (physical training) regiment for soldiers to follow. With these training regiments in place you learn endurance, hydration and strength. But most importantly, you learn your body in ways you’ve never known before. You learn your limits both physically and mentally.
Emotional- “Get comfortable being uncomfortable” states one navy seal! How to fight fear. How to overcome anxious emotions. How to prepare for death. How to fight when you want to stand still.
The quote I stated above by an un-named soldier really says it all. “Get comfortable being uncomfortable.” In this phase of training they teach you how to feel fear and how to move past it. They teach you how to endure pain through rigorous training exercises like the gas chamber. I am told you are put through it twice. Once to show what to expect and the second to put what you’ve learned so far into action. Feel the fear, understand what’s happening, make a decision. They teach you to slow your thinking, your breathing and therefore keeping your blood pressure under control to keep your mind clear to make hard and fast decisions.
Fundamentals- Homeland Security, enemy weaponry, tactics, battle strategy, lay of the land, the civilians movements and daily schedules.
This one was a little harder to explain. In this area they learn every aspect of their enemy. Their weaponry and where they store it. They know how many bombs, guns and men protecting the area. They evaluate and get a lay of the land. They strategically map out where troops will deploy and set up post. Our soldiers also learn the tactics and habits of our enemies amongst many other things.
While learning the enemies strategies they must also learn protocols of their own homeland. They learn where bases are and obtain security clearances. Amongst many, many other things to ensure our safety so we can sleep at night safely tucked away in our beds. To them, I say thank you!
In the same way the military trains up their soldiers in the way they should go, in how they should fight and where they are supposed to stand. With a solid foundation and creed to live by they offer them rules, guidelines and a trusted purpose to live and die for. If the military recruited civilians but didn’t train them because we hadn’t had a war in 10 years then when the occasion arose we would be in pretty bad shape.
Here’s the point. As Christians we to are in a battle. We are told to fight the good fight of faith and to take up our cross and follow Christ. As a new-born Christian I don’t feel like I was really taught well on how to defeat the enemy. I ran around in my newborn Christian diapers for as long as I possibly could until I was thrust out onto the battle field. It wasn’t something I wanted, but it was certainly something I needed.
I decided to write my own personal creed to live by, remind myself of daily and to strive for all the days I’m graced with breath in my lungs. I want to add the word creed and root meaning behind it! The word creed is derived from the Latin word Credo, which means “I Believe”. Pretty amazing right! Especially considering every military branch holds their own personal creed. For me, this was a chance for me to sit down and really think about what was important for me. What I held most dear to my heart!
My personal creed
As a child of the most high God, I will take captive every high and lofty thought that tries to exalt itself against the knowledge of God and bring it to the obedience of Christ. I will direct my thoughts toward Heaven. I will seek the Lord with all my heart, soul and mind. I will serve God with a courageous, strong and steadfast heart. I will not allow fear to take me captive and lead me down a path of death and destruction. I will be transformed by the renewing of my mind daily with the word of God. I will remember whose I am. I will fight against evil, wickedness, demons and anything that sets itself against God. I will fight through faith and prayer for my husband, my children and my family. I will honor and praise God with my lips and worship Him with my heart. I will strive to meet and exceed each one of these declarations to the best of my ability. But if I fail at any one I will remember God’s grace and mercy is upon me!
Search your heart. Find where your treasures are hidden and write out your own creed to live by. Something to hold you accountable when times are hard or you stray. I have also written a family creed that each one of my family members will strive to live by each day they have breath in their lungs.
God bless y’all!