Spiritual Survival Tools for Law Enforcement
TAKEAWAY LESSONS FROM THIS ARTICLE FOR ELUL
SPIRITUAL NEEDS AND SURVIVAL TOOLS
In order to best prepare for our role as agents and enforcers of God’s will, we must identify our individual spiritual needs and build our own unique spiritual survival tool kit. These tools provide an approach to matters relevant to the spirit that address the concepts of evil, suffering, and human beings’ role in the universe. Spiritual survival tools must exist before a crisis occurs in order to be effective.
A spiritual motivator can consist of almost anything—a picture, writing, memory, principle, or song. Each person’s motivators remain unique and a product of their own individual composition.
WRITING A CREDO
Unclear abstract ideas possess no power to inspire or fortify a person in the face of challenge or temptation. No matter how beautiful or profound, spiritual ideas provide little influence if vague and not immediately accessible to the person. Individuals must put these values into clear, succinct words to keep them from being shadowy, vague, and indistinct; buried; or powerless to inspire or strengthen.
A credo consists of a clear, concise, specific formulation of the most fundamental, cherished beliefs by which human beings live their lives. This individual personal expression constitutes the portal to that individual’s spirituality.
People’s credos encapsulate the essence of who they are, what they believe, and what they aspire to do in the world. Creation of a credo requires work and thought. One must learn how to articulate their fundamental beliefs and formulate a credo specific to and effective for them.
RECOGNIZING GOODNESS TO DO GOOD
It is enormously difficult to live a fulfilling spiritual life with the sense that evil lurks around every corner. In order to be an agent of God and do good, human beings must recognize that while malevolence exists in the world, most people continue to be upstanding. But, we must also be vigilant and alert to the dangers of the evil that exists and be ready to do our part to fight those influences.
BUILDING A RICH SPIRITUAL IDENTITY
Spiritual survival training provides an opportunity to create and nourish a rich, multidimensional identity as a person who strives to accomplish greatness in the world.