I love a Peanuts comic strip I saw one time that featured Lucy and Linus.
Lucy walks up to Linus, who is watching TV, and says, “I have a bad attitude.”
Linus says, “Well, maybe I can help. Sometimes we all need a little pampering to make us feel better. Here, take my place in front of the TV and I’ll go fix you a nice snack.”
So Lucy sits down and a few minutes later Linus comes back with a tray, and on the tray he has a sandwich, a few chocolate chip cookies, and a nice glass of cold milk. He sits the tray down in front of Lucy and says, “Now, have I forgotten anything?”
“Yes, you have.”
Puzzled, Linus says, “What have I forgotten?”
“You have forgotten…THAT I LIKE HAVING A BAD ATTITUDE!!!”
I know someone who seems to like having a bad attitude. By no coincidence, this person is one of the loneliest people I know. Recently, in a time of need, this individual couldn’t find help with a problem, even from family members. The church tried to lend some assistance and everyone associated with the effort came away feeling frustrated by the person’s complete lack of social grace.
Here are 3 signs that your attitude stinks:
1. Your life seems generally gloomy and dark.
2. Your social calendar is empty, as usual.
3. Everybody seems to be against you.
The poet, John Milton, wrote: “The mind is its own place, and it itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”*
The Bible says it this way: “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” (NASB)
If your life seems mostly unpleasant, don’t look around for someone to blame. Look in a mirror. Most likely, you’ll find the culprit staring back at you.
*John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I, line 253