Positivity isn't very funny. Not much in the world of entertainment comedy gets laughs from being relentlessly cheerful. Our 'cool' humour often borders on sarcastic, with negativity breeding negativity.
But sarcasm is easy - if you want to be cynical, our fallen world is your oyster. Being grounded and cheerful isn't. But it's definitely worth it.
What's your attitude to life? Do your conversations and jokes build people up or feed on moaning? Are negative people really the sort you want to be around? Think: how much better is it to be around that rare person who makes you feel better about life? They're so positive and they leave you walking away feeling just the same about life. It's catchy.
Jesus said, 'You are the light of the world' (Matthew 5:14 NIV). That means you should be different. Has it occurred to you that the positive person you like to be around could be you? Being refreshingly different is always good - people welcome it. There's so much more to life than our bitter, wise-cracking culture has told us - but only when it starts and ends in Jesus.
So what now? If you find you're tending to feel more cynical than usual, have a look at your daily habits - who are you mixing with; is the stuff you're watching on TV and the internet doing you any good?
SoulFood: Joel 2:12-13, Matt 4:1-17, Mark 2:18-22, Luke 9:23-26 (Lent)
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Rhema Media. 2011 UCB International Ltd