Heather Tekavec

A friend of mine has a great sense of humor. Unfortunately, the way she uses it turns off a lot of people. It’s not that she isn’t funny (she actually is), but her humor usually comes across as negative and sarcastic. She will criticize anything to get a laugh, and she uses humor to ridicule things other people value.

Kind words bring life,
but cruel words crush your spirit.
Proverbs 15:4 (GNT)

It was easy to laugh at her sarcastic twists and taunts until recently, when she used them on me. She criticized something I was extremely proud of; and suddenly, her sarcasm wasn’t funny anymore. Even worse, she wasn’t able to turn around what she had said, even when she knew I was hurt. Negativity has become such a habit for her that she’s forgotten how to be positive. She made me realize that a negative attitude can take over your whole personality if you let it. Hopefully, this applies to positive attitudes as well.

Has Your Personality become Totally Attitude? Do you . . .

> bristle when your mom asks you to take out the trash?

> triumph before you score the winning shot?

> strut into the cafeteria?

> drown in despair when you don’t make the top grade?

> always see the glass as half-empty?

If these are rare occurrences, fine. If not, your attitude may be in charge. If you’re headed for a total personality take-over, grab control. Instead, make a habit of displaying one of the positive qualities listed in Galatians 5:22–23.

—from devozine (January/February 2009). Copyright © 2008 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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