Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

John Denney 11 July 2001


Isn’t the news boring at the moment?  Perhaps I desperately need my holiday. Yesterday’s top story was about the Tory MP’s initial votes for the five candidates to replace William Hague as leader of the party.  And the other “big news” was that Helen and Josh have been nominated for eviction from the Big Brother house.  Which gave me an idea.  Why don’t the Tory grandees put their five candidates into the Big Brother household and we can all vote them out one by one over the coming weeks?  It might spice things up a bit!


I can’t ever remember being bored when I was a youngster.  Even those long summer holidays seemed full of sunshine and fun.  Perhaps it’s just that I’m so much older, and much more jaundiced about the world.


But I did notice one news item that cheered me up no end.  Dan Dare is making a comeback, this time in an animated TV series.  I remember, when I was about 9 years old, waiting impatiently for the Eagle comic to be delivered.  And I would drop everything and avidly turn to Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future.  And as I followed the story, I became Dan Dare, flying my spacecraft and defeating my arch-enemy, the Mekon - who, I now realise, bears an uncanny resemblance to the aforesaid William Hague.


And at other times, I became “Just” William Brown, the Scarlet Pimpernel, Biggles, Rob Roy MacGregor (well, I am half Scottish), Jennings, Ivanhoe, and Robin Hood.  I developed a bit of a 10-year-old’s crush on Patricia Driscoll, who played Maid Marian, and it wasn’t long after that when I forsook the Eagle for the more grown-up delights of Reveille, and I guess that marked the ending of my childhood.


Even as adults, we need role models, someone to whose good character we aspire.  But even our heroes and heroines are simply human beings, with all the flaws and foibles of mankind.  Christians believe though, that one person, and one person only, had none of those flaws, none of those foibles.  Whether you’re a follower of Jesus or not, his life and His teaching show Him as a role model worth following. He taught two basic rules:  Love God with everything you’ve got; and love your neighbour as much as you love yourself.  If you do, He promised that we would have life, and have it to the full.  And that ain’t boring!


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