So you have a bad attitude, probably more than you’d like or even realize. The people around you notice, maybe some even are brave enough to point it out. One bad day doesn’t measure up to how you are stuck in the cyclone of your own bad attitude.
You’re critical, annoyed, frustrated and can’t seem to stop it all. Your bad attitude is changing your life. Slowly, subtly and perhaps without you even realizing it.
Your negativity on the inside bubbles over to the outside eventually. You can’t keep your bad attitude bottled up, it wants to change your life.
The question is, are you going to let it?
What are some of the ways that a bad attitude can change your life?
Your bad attitude will infect all of your relationships. Your marriage, your parenting, your in-laws, your parents, and siblings. And once its infiltrated those relationships it’s going to go after your friendships and coworkers.
Your attitude will push people away from you. It will push you away from people. You’ll find a reason to not hang out with your friends or an excuse to not speak to your brother. You’ll find faults in everyone around.
You’ll begin to find reasons to be offended. It will become too easy to focus on all the negative things about the people in your life and every situation.
Before you know it your bad attitude will be in control over all of your relationships. Any relationships that are left after all.
Ultimately hurting you most.
There is so much medical evidence out there on how stress, worry, and anxiety impacts our health. Many of those issues stem from our own negativity about different situations. When you’re negative about your work situation you’re going to feel some anxiety walking into the doors Monday morning. When you are constantly upset and angry over things in your life your health is going to take a hit. You won’t sleep as well, you won’t eat as well and you’ll feel terrible as a result. Which will feed your bad attitude, do you see the cycle here?
The Bible tells us that laughter is the best medicine, how is it possible to have a bad attitude and be laughing at the same time. It’s clearly not possible. We need to get control over our bad attitude in order to improve our health!
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Your Walk with God
Does this even need to be said? When you are choosing to feed your addiction to your bad attitude, you are going to be running away from God. You cannot be a humble, thankful Christian when you are consumed with negativity. You won’t be in your Bible reading or prayer closet because you know you’ll be convicted so instead you run from God.
Your service in the local church.
When you are controlled by your bad attitude, you are going to find every reason under the sun not to serve. The devil is good at making up excuses for you to use. You’ll find 387 reasons why you don’t want to serve under a certain leader or why you’re not a good fit for the job. Your bad attitude will change your life by making you a pew warmer on Sunday morning and nothing else, stifling your potential to be used by God.
The God of the universe, the One who is in control over your life is always waiting, with arms open wide, for us to come to Him. We cannot afford not to have Him in our lives. We need Him every hour and if you struggle with a bad attitude, you need Him more than ever to overcome that struggle. God is good, all the time. When you realize just how much He has forgiven you, how He created all of us uniquely, and that He is in control then you can start to overcome the bad attitude addiction in your life. You will begin to see others differently as fragile, sin-stricken people, just like yourself. You’ll discover that they too need grace upon grace for their faults. You’ll learn to only expect God to satisfy your soul and to stop looking at people or circumstances to make you happy. You’ll find contentment infusing all of your relationships and circumstances. You’ll decide not to let a bad attitude change your life any longer.
How do you stop your bad attitude from changing your life?
The above doesn’t sound good to you, does it? No one wakes up one day deciding on becoming a negative, cranky person whose always upset about something. It’s the choices that we make each and every day that ultimately determine where we will end up in 5-10-15 years. Here’s the remedy on stopping the bad attitude:
Here’s the remedy on stopping the bad attitude:
Repent. It’s a heart issue, take it to the Lord first and ask for His strength to break the stronghold.
Change your thinking habits. If it’s too easy for you to see the negative, stop yourself right then and find a positive. Once you retrain your thought patterns, it will become a habit.
Meditate on Scriptures. The Bible is your defense. It will retrain your thought life. Verses such as Philippipains 4:11-13 are great to start with along with Philippian s 4:8 and 2 Corinthians 10:5.
Surround yourself with positive people. Negativity breeds negativity. Have you noticed that in a room full of teenagers that the rebellious ones always find each other pretty quickly? The same is true for your bad attitude. You become who your friends are. If you are surrounded by negative people you will be negative. It’s time to find new friends who will encourage you to have a brighter outlook on life.
Give grace. To yourself but especially to others.