Thursday, July 12, 2018

Cranky Granny Disease (Or, Don't Let This Happen to You)

"Older women likewise are to be… teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored” (Titus 2:3-5).


So there's this Bible verse which says, "For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of," (Luke 6:45), but I'd like to tweak it a tad --

"For the fingers type on social media what the heart is full of."


Cranky Granny Disease. It displays our lack of patience, is a form of pride--and it's spreading.

What is it, exactly? It's when we over 50 turn sarcastic, rolling-eye-ish and all 'duh, no really?" in our replies about what younger/other folks believe, do and say.

Cranky Grannies forward posts listing ways Today's men and women are--

modern, different-thinking,
and unlikely to change.

They criticize (a lot) everything from clean-lined home decor to ecological decisions to hair color, fashion and baby names (and much else under the sun).

They crave a good, have-you-heard-the-latest-foolish-news-article? story. They're blown away when young folks haven't learned what it took them whole decades to know. 

Basically, they've forgotten how it felt to be young. To long to journey away from parents' predictable ruts and discover new lands and music and lifestyles. 

Perhaps Cranky Grannies never considered God planned things this way so we'd not all still be living Dark Ages Style in 2018.

Hmm. Anyway, it's difficult to do sarcasm right online, you know, with just the perfect humor essence so you don't sound like you're snarling. Mike Rowe is awesome at funny online sarcasm. Most of the rest of us are not.

Sarcasm is a symptom of Cranky Granny Disease and boy, it's a simple malady to contract. 

Just spend lots of willy-nilly, clueless time with Grannies who've got it and uh-oh! You'll probably catch it, too.

"A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough."
"It's the little foxes that spoil the vine."
"Evil communications corrupt good manners."

But it's the joy of the Lord which remains our strength and it's love which is the greatest thing of all and is patient with millions of young folks out there still learning--

--- still trying to find their way, just as we did a long, long time ago.

And may they have kind-hearted Joyful Grannies praying for them to find the God of love. At any age we need others' prayers, encouragement and patience.

We have that and so much more in common.

                                   Snapping turtles aren't us.  😉

"Complain and remain. Praise and be raised."  ... Joyce Meyer


May we start well on our walk with God and finish well, also. May we determine to remain joyfully upon this always-learning journey for the long haul.


Last weekend a woman's mother was downsizing, for her husband had passed away. After offering my condolences I picked up this seagull ($1) and bought him, for he looked like he belonged upon my mantle--



Terra said...

Cranky Granny Disease is pretty common and might be contagious. There is a Bible verse that says avoid the angry man lest you become angry too. I like the seagull you bought.

Betsy said...

Cranky Granny and actually cranky lots of people seem so common these days. I agree with you that prayer is so very important for younger women and families and indeed the entire world.
Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog Debra. It means so much to me.

Pam said...

I'm grateful for the many positive people in my life, but the cranks can really be a burden. Unfortunately, many of those negative people are vocal and seem stuck in that mode. This post is a good reminder of how much we impact others.

mabeane said...

There are some joyfilled grannies out there as well! I am blessed at 75 to live with my husband in my son and daughter-in-law's home (formally our farm!) Watching the grandboys grow and change. Enjoying lots of free time since my daughter-in-law now runs the household (cooking, cleaning planning, shopping) She encouraged me to do a small flower garden in the front of the house and funded it so I am able to enjoy it's beauty every day! I have a dedicated sewing space and spend time making dolls. In spite of a bad stomach and fibromyalgia I am filled with thanksgiving. God is so good.

Debra said...

Terra--that's another great Bible verse--thanks! It's weird how subtly a criticizing habit can happen, right?

Betsy--yep, that's what I wanted people to remember in this post--that prayer is way more powerful (not to mention godly) than criticizing people daily. Still praying for you and your family, my friend!

Pam--yes, it really is a choice how we impact others, right? It's not an "I can't help it" like many folks believe. It's not an oops. heh. :)

Jan--sounds like you're reaping good things! But I wrote this post for those who are reaping from negativity without meaning to. Sometimes we must shine the light so others can see if they've wandered into a dark place.

Thanks, Everyone! Blessings, Debra