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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: Is Your Faith Out of Shape?
By Emeka Buffong


There is no denying the importance of physical fitness. In the Army we use the Army Physical Fitness Test or simply the APFT to gauge our level of physical fitness. In order to fearlessly face our APFT we must exercise on our own. Preparation for the APFT makes it easier to do well in each event.

The APFT means a lot because as Soldiers we realize that a great deal depends on us being physically fit. We could be sent anywhere in the world. We may have to carry the weight of an injured comrade. We may be required to wear heavy protective equipment. We do not want to be unable to carry our own weight, and effectively contribute to what is taking place around us.

Physical fitness is great, but what about our spiritual fitness? How seriously do we take that?

What if God were to give us an Almighty’s Spiritual Fitness Test (ASFT) – how would you do? If God were to ask you the following questions what would be your response?

Have you prayed this morning, thanking me for life and asking me for direction today?

Have you read my regulations on how you should care for this vehicle that moves your vital organs around and stores the four pounds of fat in your head (your brain) that controls your bodily functions?

Have you showed those who care for you that you appreciate them by telling them thank you or letting them know that you love them?

Have you gotten stronger since last year or is your faith out of shape?

As important as an APFT is an ASFT is even more important. So if you were to take one right now how would you do?

We need to maintain a relationship with God because we will have some trials in life that will damage us if our faith is out of shape!

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/20/13
I enjoyed this piece. Though the message is similar to other stories this week, your POV was fresh and creative. Usually when I read something that asks questions it can turn me off by feeling too preachy. However you avoided that by making most of the questions part of a test. I thought that was quite clever.

I think if you look at your opening you will be surprised how many times you used APFT or any of the words in it. Just by restructuring some of the sentences you can avoid that repetition and tighten up your writing. Here's an example: The army uses the Army Physical Fitness Test(APFT) as a way to gauge our level of coordination and strength. In order to pass this rigorous exam, we must exercise on our own time because preparation makes it easier.

I did really enjoy this piece and your message made me stop and think which is always a good thing. You did a nice job of coming full-circle in the ending too. Overall, you did a fine job.
Joanne Sher 01/22/13
REALLY good analogy. I enjoyed this very much.
Camille (C D) Swanson 01/22/13
clever use of the topic and a wonderful job with this. Thank you. God bless~