Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

Seeds of the Kingdom

A Grumpy Old Man

by Roger Pook

Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Titus 2:2, NIV

As I get older I sometimes begin to think I know a lot more than people around me. After all I have a weight of experience that enables me to see ‘the big picture’. I can understand world events from a historical perspective that younger people do not have, because I’ve seen it all before. I’ve lived through it myself. I keep thinking if only I could pass on the benefit of my wonderful accumulated wisdom to others, the same mistakes wouldn’t be repeated over and over again.

The trouble is, nobody is listening to me, and that frustrates me.

Then in the world around me I see all the former certainties and morality being trampled on and ridiculed, even by those in government. I want to tell them how wrong they are, but they aren’t listening either, and that frustrates me even more.

So I’m in danger of becoming a grumpy old man. I want to change the world, but it seems that I can’t any more, and grumpiness is all that is left.

So what could I really do to change the world? I could have the fruit of the Spirit in my life. This fruit is in short supply these days, and if I could show love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, this would have a greater effect than I could ever imagine.

P.S. – This would work for younger people too!

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, You saw the whole of human failing and misunderstanding from its tragic beginning to its ghastly end, but You rose above it all with supreme peace and confidence. Help me to be like You and to display the fruits of the Spirit in my life. Amen.

Roger Pook For 21 years Roger Pook and his wife Christine served in Central and Eastern Europe, based in Hungary at the Úr Rétje centre of Ellel Ministries. From there they travelled and ministered across the length and breadth of the former communist world. In 2018 Roger retired as Regional Director and they now live back in the UK, where Roger still serves on the Executive Leadership and as a trustee of The Christian Trust. They still travel for the Kingdom!


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