Do I miss playing football? Not really. The game has changed so much.
At the end of last year I was invited to spend an evening playing hockey, and that is grass hockey, and not ice hockey, although I used to play ice hockey, and the grass hockey was on an artificial pitch. Wow, it was fast! I had always wanted to play on one of these artificial surfaces and what a surprise I got.
Most of the other players in this seven a-side practice match on a cold November evening were thirty to forty years younger than me, so it was interesting but exhausting.
The next few days I was sore but had enjoyed it all immensely, as it took me back forty years to my playing days, when playing hockey was serious business!
Life moves on.
As I write this piece I note that it was fifty years ago today when I left secondary school before going off to work for eighteen months prior to going to Edinburgh University.
Another significant milestone on this July day is that it was fifty five years ago this evening when I and my friends went off to Boys’ Brigade camp. That youth organisation gave me so much over the seven years I was a member.
Every Friday evening we had drill, or marching, and then physical training and a few games. Playing soccer on the Saturday, when available, and swimming in the summer Friday evenings were times of joy and fun.
And, equally importantly, was attendance at the Bible Class every Sunday Morning at ten o’clock, and you were only permitted two absences over the entire winter session which would last eight months.
There were so many activities available during the autumn and winter nights and over the years you could gain badges, until ultimately gaining the Boys’ Brigades highest award which was The Queen’s Badge.
Perhaps we need an organisation similar to the Boys’ Brigade เว็บบอล ufabet ออนไลน์ for our present young generation. It gave a most sound grounding and firm foundation for one’s life, and its motto was, “The advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among boys and the promotion of the habits of obedience, reverence, discipline and self-respect, and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness”.
Over these years, I have known the presence of Almighty God in such a real and powerful way. Looking back I give thanks, and looking forward, my goal is to continue to trust Jesus Christ in everything, knowing that whatever one’s situation whatever you wish to bring to Jesus in prayer will have his full attention.