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Take Responsibility for Your Attitude

Some of us complain about everything. The weather’s too hot; the job’s too hard; the pay’s too low; the vacation’s too short. And what we think about our mother-in-law is not fit to print.

In an old Peanuts comic strip, Lucy announces, ‘Boy, do I feel crabby.’ Her little brother, Linus, always anxious to relieve tension, responds, ‘Maybe I can be of help. Why don’t you just take my place in front of the TV and I will go fix you a nice snack? Sometimes we all need a little pampering to make us feel better.’ Then Linus brings her a sandwich, a few chocolate chip cookies and some milk. ‘Now, is there anything else I can get you? Is there anything I have not thought of?’ he asks. ‘Yes, there’s one thing you have not thought of,’ Lucy answers. Then she shouts, ‘I do not want to feel better!’

Face it, some people do not want to feel better – they just want attention! Know anybody like that? It takes uncommon honesty to ask, ‘How much of what I say focuses on complaining about the situation rather than improving it? Have I built my life around people who feel the same way, and would probably be upset if I decided to grow and change for the better? Am I living in the past, nursing old wounds, refusing to forgive others and myself?’ Time does not heal – insight does! God said that knowing the truth sets us free. Once you are willing to face the truth about your attitude and do something about it, your life will begin to rapidly improve.