BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

© John Denney 5 July 2006

Grumpy … but not old


I’ve admitted before on a Thought for the Day that I’m slowly becoming a grump.  Not a grumpy old man, because these days you’re not old until you’re, well, old.  Last year a friend of mine and his wife were given a Safari holiday by their children to celebrate his 70th birthday.  Just after they came back, I asked him how he’d enjoyed it.  “This time last week”, he said, “I was rubber tubing down the Zambesi”.  At seventy.


When I was nobbut a lad, people were stooped and bent at sixty, and totally decrepit at sixty-five.  But now, lots of people are fit and active until they’re in their nineties.


Partly it’s due to better food and better lifestyles, and partly it’s due to modern medicine.  I take regular medication, and the thing that inspired today’s Thought was the vile blister packs that every pill comes in these days.  Some of them have membranes so tough that you really have to press hard to extract the contents.  And then the wretched tablet pings out and shoots across the room.  The medication that keeps me away from a trip to the knackers’ yard rolls and hides under some piece of furniture.  And six to four I bump my head as I retrieve the offending tablet.  No wonder I’m grumpy.  And irritated and frustrated.


So I have to remember that God doesn’t want me to be angry.  The Bible tells me that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control[1]. And that’s what God wants for you and me.


[1] Galatians 5:22-23