Individuals may exercise faith in a variety of things, each providing different spiritual and emotional benefits. Below is a list of some of the more common objects of faith (the list is not intended to be in any particular order of importance). The goal of this list is not to tell you what you should have faith in, but rather to encourage you to think about sources of personal faith for you. Think about what you believe, why you believe in it, and what that faith does in your life.
Religion- The first thing most people think of when asked about faith is usually religion. Many people belong to a religious organization that teaches faith in some form of higher power. Religious teachings also often emphasize other objects of faith, such as scripture, religious leaders and clergy, a faith community, an afterlife, and even a lifestyle. Religious faith has been shown to be effective at promoting spiritual fitness, especially when religious practice and belief is internalized (rather than just going through outward motions), and personal connection to the objects of faith is created.
Higher Power- Some people don't adhere to an organized religion, but still have faith in a God, or Higher Power of some kind. The nature and level of daily involvement of that deity may vary from person to person. It is up to each individual to determine for themselves what they believe about God and their personal relationship with their higher power.
Family & Friends- Family is an important object of faith for many people. We often make decisions, endure hardships, and make great sacrifices because of our faith in family. Family can provide meaning and support in return for our faith.
Unit- Many veterans will tell you that in the middle of the nightmare conditions of combat, they did what they did (endure hardships, place themselves in danger, and even choose to stay with the unit when they had an opportunity to leave) for the Marines they fought with. Faith in your unit is essential to operating efficiently.
Marine Corps- When you joined, you likely had faith that the Marine Corps could make you into something better and make you a part of something bigger. Though that faith may evolve throughout your career, identifying the nature of your faith in the Corps can be of great benefit.
Nation- Patriotism is a unique kind of spirituality. Many Marines joined the Corps because of their faith in their country and to defend the lifestyle it has provided them.
Self- This is really faith in your "higher" self, or your best self. It may include faith in your potential to create a good future. It may include faith in your own skills and abilities. It may be a faith in your own inherent worth.
There are many other objects of faith. Take some time to identify other things you place trust in and how those beliefs can benefit you.