Weekend Thought by John Boardman

HOW fit are you? Are you someone who gets up at 6am to go for a run, then shower, breakfast, off to work, home, tea, back to the gym, home, sleep?

Or is your idea of exercise lifting a pint to your lips, doing the weeding, pressing buttons firmly on the TV remote or perhaps walking the dog?

We are always being told that we need to do two-and-a-half hours of exercise a week to keep ourselves trim. We need to get the heart beating strongly: it is a case of use it or lose it.

I think I am in between the above extremes. When possible, I enjoy table-tennis with the University of the Third Age on Monday mornings at Delphi, I cycle around town and sometimes swim a few lengths on Wednesdays. So perhaps I could do with doing more exercise really. How about you?

It’s not the same though with our spiritual lives.

The apostle Paul wrote to his friend Timothy: “Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (Timothy 4:7-8).

For the victors who triumphantly wear the medals on the Olympic podium, that moment may be the peak of their life’s achievement in the physical sense but where will they be standing in eternity?

Christians believe that while human beings are alive here on Earth, we face the most important opportunity of our eternal lives: the opportunity to believe in Jesus Christ, to say sorry for the mess we have made of our lives, to receive forgiveness and to live with Jesus for evermore.

Do you accept that you have a spiritual body? If so, are you willing to get it in shape, not just for your lifetime but for eternity?