THE GYM(c)1999, 2008
A Short Sketch - by Sue Seaman
The Scene: A Gym. Two men meet and they get chatting
- and the physical turns to spiritual…..


CHARLIE:
"Nice weather we're having."

JOHN:
"Yes it is. Did your wife talk you into coming here?"

CHARLIE:
"Well, I thought I'd get into shape before my holidays.
I need to lose a bit of flab for when I lay on that Florida beach. "

JOHN:
"Your missus has been at you….. just like mine has"

CHARLIE:
"Well, actually, your half right. Pat wants me to go to Church with her.
She has told me that I need to get spiritually fit - not just physically.
I'm not sure I really know what she means. I know I have become a bit of a couch potato over the years.
And I'm conscience of the fact that since I turned 40 the middle age spread is really showing itself.
But I couldn't embarrass Pat at church. Everyone would see she was married to a slob."

JOHN:
"Actually mate, I think your worrying unduly. I think you're under estimating Pat. She sounds like a very caring woman. I don't suppose she would ask you to go along if she was going to be embarrassed. Why not tell her you'll go - and see what happens. "

(Charlie and John meet again the following week.)

JOHN:
"Did you go with Pat on Sunday?"

CHARLIE:
"Well, no, I chickened out at the last minute. She was a bit upset.
But I told her that I'd go this week. "

JOHN:
"You're on dodgy ground mate. You ought to go along just to keep the peace.
By the way how's your weight doing?"

CHARLIE:
"I've tried to give up the chocolate bars and the snacks. But it's hard going.
The midnight feasts are hard to resist!"

JOHN:
"Well Charlie, you might as well give up this gym lark. You're fighting a losing battle with the bulge.
You need to exercise some will power mate, like me. I have given up all the sweet things.
Perhaps you ought to try Pat's answer, get spiritually fit."

CHARLIE:
"So, do you think I should give it a go?"

JOHN:
"Well, you've got nothing to lose, have you"

(Charlie and John meet again the following week)

JOHN:
"Well. Did you go on Sunday?"

(Charlie's hesitancy gives John the impression that he didn't.)

"Don't tell me - you chickened out again!"

CHARLIE:
"Well actually, I did go along. And I discovered that everyone was really friendly.
I also found out that Jesus loves everyone no matter what we are like.
That's what really got to me, John. How could Jesus love me?
It made me think of how much I had missed out on over the years.
Pat had tried to get me to church so many times. "

JOHN:
"So, you'd recommend it then?"

CHARLIE:
"Definitely. I feel a lot better about myself now. You see, I've discovered that when Jesus died on the cross He took my place. He paid the price for my sin and all the wrong I have ever done.
Jesus loves me the way I am."

JOHN:
"Do you think Jesus could do the same for me as He has done for you? "

CHARLIE:
"Of course! What about coming with me to church this Sunday?"


Jesus loves all of us - know matter what we are like.
It's not what is on the outside that's important but what is inside that counts.
God looks upon the heart.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.
(Psalm 139:23)