Meatloaf Life

I have to say one of my least favorite things to do in the run of my daily routine is choose what to have for supper.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to please all four people in my home?  I could be my own greatest enemy because I don’t like potatoes, and everyone else does.  Therefore, due to my own tastes, I end up making more than one supper.

Finally I came up with a solution to fix my dilemma.  At the start of every week I plan our daily suppers and since there are four people in our family, I give everyone a choice of one meal for supper that night.  It seems to work well.  Everyone has a say in what we are eating and I am not the one making the decision every night.

One night my husband chose meatloaf and French fries.  We hadn’t had meatloaf in quite some time, and I was excited to whip together my favorite recipe.  Of course, I made myself a salad instead of fries and because I am making that for myself, I give the options to my children as well.

When I asked my son what he’d prefer, salad or fries his first question was what we were having.  When he found out it was meatloaf, he quickly expressed his disgust and hatred towards my choice of meat for supper.

Being the simple mother that I am, I explained that the his dislike towards meatloaf was all in his perception.  He could choose to be thankful that he has a mother that is making him a healthy supper or he can screw his nose up at the meal and be an ungrateful child.  His choice.  There are many children in this world who would love to have meatloaf and fries for supper in a home that is warm, loving and clean.

Once I expressed my opinion to his reaction, of course he changed his tune, but how many of us are guilty of doing exactly what my son did?  Maybe we have changes at work and we screw up our noses at them and wonder why we have to fix what isn’t broke.  Or is it your husband or wife isn’t giving you the love and attention that you need?  Could it be that you are displeased with the amount of money your spouse spends at a certain sport or hobby?  Maybe a friend isn’t treating you right.  Whatever it is, you have to change your perspective on the issue and try and see life through positive eyes.

I love Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

We can all find the positive in any situation—even in my meatloaf.  It’s a choice.  It might not be what our internal instinct wants to do, as my son immediately expressed his disappointment to me.  We need to fill our minds with things that are good and deserving of praise, like the above verse we will see that our lives look much better and we will feel better about ourselves.

Next time you are being served meatloaf for supper and you really don’t feel like meatloaf, realize the blessings that are in your life.  Make the choice to reverse your focus from the unappealing meal being served to you at the time to the mercy and grace that fills your life.  Rejoice in your blessings and bury all the negative emotions that your earthly self wants to let out.  Meatloaf will never taste this good!  It’s all in your perception!

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