Somewhere along the way, I’ve gotten cynical. Not at life, not at everything, but if I take an honest look at myself, I’ve grown bitter. It’s easy to say that this is because I have gotten older and realized that life is no paradise. And while this may be true, that’s not an excuse.

I see myself saying hurtful and mean things about people. Things that I have heard others say in the past and I have despised. I often say these things in a humorous way, but the cynical wit is as poisonous as hemlock. Why am I so quick to judge others? Why am I so quick to tear down others? Why do I make fun of people?

That’s sin in me and I hate it.

I don’t want my children to see this in me and to imitate it. I don’t want to taint my wife with my cynicism. I want to go closer and closer to Jesus, to imitate his character, his words and his thoughts.

It’s time to get my priorities straight.

What are you struggling with? What is God telling you to quit doing?

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” – Ephesians 4:31


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