BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

©John Denney 6 September 2006




Do you remember that episode of “Hancock’s half hour”, where he bemoans the fact that he’s been missed in the Queen’s Birthday honours – again?  When Sid James, or Bill Kerr challenged him to say why he deserved an honour, he answered, “Well, I rinse my milk bottles out before putting them on the doorstep”.


I sometimes feel a bit like Tony Hancock.  I try my best to recycle my rubbish, and reuse things like envelopes and inkjet cartridges.  Our central heating is kept down to 18 C (that’s 65 in old money), and I put on a jumper if it feels a bit cool.  We only use the washing machine when there’s a full load, and we consciously haven’t bought a tumble dryer – or a dishwasher, for that matter.  And we buy fairly-traded goods wherever possible.


But still I feel got at.  Politicians pushing “road pricing”, when I’ve already paid for those roads, who want to tax this, or raise the tax on that, or stop me from flying anywhere, and making me feel guilty about the food miles on my potatoes.


The thing is, like most of us, I want to do my bit for the world.


But in everything, an ounce of encouragement is better than a ton of criticism.


As a Christian, I know who this planet belongs to.  So did King David, 3000 years ago.  He wrote, In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.  The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.[1]  And it’s an honour to live here.


[1] Psalm 94: 4-5