BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day
© John Denney 3 July 2006
Oh dear.† What a disappointment.† Englandís football team out of the World Cup with a whimper, not a bang.† Half the team was in tears, and there has been an air of frustration and sadness at our failure to get through to the semi-final.† Like many of you, Iíve removed the St George flags from my car.† I wonder if the St George cross that someone painted on the mini-roundabout in Stoney Stanton is still there now?
Everyone suffers disappointment sometimes.† Hereís a few tried and tested ways we can get over all kinds of disappointment.
Donít nurse it Ė donít think about nothing else and talk yourself into deeper and deeper gloom.
Donít rehearse it Ė donít dwell on exactly what happened.† Donít fall into the ďwhat if Ö?Ē syndrome that always ends in you feeling worse.
And donít disperse it Ė donít chunter on about it with friends and colleagues.† You canít change what has happened.† Donít have a pity party.
Try to reverse it.† Andy Murrayís doing well at Wimbledon.† Danny Tiattoís coming to the Walkersí Stadium.† The weatherís wonderful, and the July fortnight is around the corner.
Christians have a perspective on these things.† There is a wonderful future that God has planned for each one of us.† I donít mean heaven; I mean life in the here and now.
Do you know why Jesus left his heavenly home and came to earth?† He said, I came so they (He means you and me) can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.† More and better life.† And God doesnít disappoint.
 John 10:10 (MSG)