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[1].More and better life.And God doesnít disappoint.

 

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[1] John 10:10 (MSG)