Words from the Heart for Sunday October 17th, 2021

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.

1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)

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Physical Training

According to the website of the Royal Military College in Kingston Ontario regarding those applying for the school, “As a future officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, you will have the privilege as well as the great responsibility of leading others at home and in the field of battle. A key characteristic of an effective leader is a high degree of physical fitness, not only to meet the physical requirements of the demanding tasks you will face in your career, but also due to the development of leadership qualities of commitment, discipline and determination.

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I’m always amazed at the athleticism of those participating in the Olympic Games. I can’t imagine the hours of practice, the discipline of diet, the overcoming of pain, involved in getting to the games, let alone onto the platform. The ancient Olympics were held during the life of the apostle Paul and he refers to athletics a number of times in his epistles. For example, in 1 Timothy 4:8 he wrote: “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.” Paul recognized that there is some value in physical training. It keeps us healthy and helps to extend the length of our lives. It holds promise for this present life, to use Paul’s analogy. But godliness has a greater benefit – it has promise for both the present life and the life to come. Our time on earth is just a blip compared to the forever that follows this life. We would be wise to spend far more time inviting the Holy Spirit to do whatever is necessary for us to be godly.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley