A Definition “Spiritual Fitness”

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to tell the story of Public Safety Ministries and the concept of Spiritual Fitness with the Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary Club. I’ve shared stories with the group a few time in the past and I always enjoy the opportunity to get together with this wonderful service oranization.

After the meeting one of my friends gave me a few suggestions on my presentation. One suggestion was that I come up with a one sentence definition of Spiritual Fitness that people could take with them. I’ve made several attempts at a simple definition, but it always ended up with more words that I’d like, so I’ve avoided writing it down. But in the spirit of Monday’s Post, and Bob’s suggestion I came up with the following definition:

Spiritual Fitness in the Public Safety Professions

The ability to perform the essential functions of a public safety professional’s duties and responsibilities that require specific spiritual capabilities and aptitudes.

or a shorter (giving up excess words for Lent) version:

The ability to perform the essential spiritual functions of a public safety occupation.

I could, and proably will, eventually give you more background to the reasoning behind choosing these words. But again, in the spirit of Mondays post, I’ll stop right here.

One Comment

  1. Chris said:

    OK. What are the essential spiritual functions of a public safety officer? How do you define that? I can’t come hear you speak so I am going to need it via this weblog!

    For me, without the equivalent foundation that you have, I look at each situation God puts me in and ask: What does God want me to accomplish on His behalf in this situation?

    I didn’t always look at it from that perspective but since I started, I have become much more effective… even got promoted…

    February 23, 2007

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