Medical researchers have discovered a new hormone, the crankiness hormone.  It’s the reverse of what you think. Our bodies produce enough crankiness hormone to keep crankiness under control.  But as we get older the production of the stuff slows down.  And we start getting, well, you know, cranky.  I thought it was something else that mde me cranky.

Like people who drive slow in the fast lane.

Or people who tailgate when I’m driving slow in the fast lane.

Or why are the commercials so long?

Or why is the music so loud?

And the dialog so soft?

What was the matter with Matlock?

Or Columbo?

Or Perry Mason?

And what about Miley Cyrus?  What about that?  She’s not all that attractive.  Don’t know if she can sing or not.  But there she is.  Three or four times a week.  On the Google News page.

I think I need a shot of that crankiness hormone.  Maybe intravenous.

Just so you know, I have never heard of any crankiness hormone.  I wouldn’t doubt that there’s a government funded research project out there somewhere looking for the causes of crankiness.  But I don’t expect them to find a physiological cause.

I know you’re disappointed.  I know you already had a list compiled of people you wanted to sneak some of that stuff into their morning cereal.

The fact is that if I want to reduce crankiness I need to look first at myself.  And I don’t need to look for a pharmacological solution.  Okay here it comes.  I promise I didn’t start out to end up here but, well, somehow it all leads back to scripture.  Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

And Colossians 3:15

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Bottom line.  Crankiness can be controlled by thinking right, by allowing the Holy Spirit freedom in our lives, and…

And by, well, just exercising a little self control.

Pardon me while a go off and do some repenting.



About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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