This morning, I caught myself complaining because the Sweet Potatoes I cooked for Mr Beta Mo was enough to last only 3 days instead of 5 days.
I wanted it to last 5 days because I like efficiency and cooking during the week is not efficient.
Of course, I didn’t complain out loud.
I’m a good person.
Good people don’t complain out loud. So I did it in my mind instead. Outwardly content but inwardly complaining.
This thing of complaining inside my mind is something that God has really been convicting me about recently.
Actually, I blame James MacDonald.
He’s the one that wrote the book that I used as a devotional that made me realize that I might want to start replacing my internal complaints with something better — like, say, thankfulness.
I would normally roll my eyes at something like this but he had a point
I scolded myself for complaining about the fast disappearing sweet potatoes (because when you do something bad, you must always scold yourself).
Then I looked for the positive aspects of the situation.
- I thanked the air that Mr Beta Mo loved the sweet potatoes so much.
- I thought about how lucky we were to have food in the first place (this hasn’t always been the case for me).
- I felt my iPhone in my pocket and thanked it for being there. I’m really grateful for my iPhone because if i didn’t have one, i would desperately want one.
All in all, nothing changed about the situation.
I still have to cook mid-week.
I still think it’s inefficient to cook during the week.
I still don’t like being inefficient.
Yet, somehow, none of it feels bad. Actually, I feel good and very happy.
And that’s really sweet.
I guess thankfulness really is a better mindset than the alternative.