One of the things that I've been struggling to keep up with properly of late is exercise. Being out injured with only speculation as to a return date has decreased my motivation to train, but I'm also guilty of allowing the pressures (and depressions) of life to wear me down and to impact my 'get up and go' when it comes to training.
However, in the last week I've re-mustered some energy and have hit the gym once and the pavement three times: and it's been great! Last night, after a full day on the Beatitudes (of which more to come later in the week), I put on a few layers and went running: the moon was bright; there wasn't too much wind; the sea was doing it's quiet lapping thing; and all was well with the world as I ran along, trying desperately to sing praises to God rather than the catchy but less edifying tunes of the neds who were driving their souped-up bangers along the sea front!
I think there's maybe not enough (zero) on staying fit in our training for ministry, but it really is so important - and, of course, not just in ministry. For a start, I'm told, it releases nice things into the system that help make us feel good - and I can testify to the fact that despite the cold/wet/miserable-ness of a day/night some sort of exercise does help refresh and revive the mind, body and soul. But I think it's also a biblical thing that we try and look after ourselves: Paul tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and so, that being the case, surely as well as steering clear of immorality (which is what he was talking about) we should look after our body in other ways too?
Anyway, I know it's good for me and I'm looking forward to getting back, fairly quickly I hope, to a decent level of running fitness.