"Could I really be one?" I wondered. I didn't want to be a number one. I wanted to be a three.
The speaker was categorizing people as ones, twos, and threes. "Threes," he said, "rarely whine." They take each day in stride, love the boss, get along with their peers, love those with whom they work, and embrace change as a welcome challenge. Twos do all of those things most of the time. But the ones? They do them rarely. They'd rather whine…and complain. I felt guilty. I wasn't a one, but some days I didn't feel like a three either!
Moses had to deal with a bunch of ones. As God's representative leading the Israelites to their promised land, he continually had to listen to their complaining- Not enough meat. Insufficient water. Didn't like the food provided. Definitely number ones!
Whenever I step into the whiner's corner, I express my ingratitude for everything God has done in my life so far, and what God's doing now. In essence, I'm saying: "God, you're not doing a very good job with my life." But then, I don't always do an admirable job of distinguishing between my wants and my needs. God does. God's way might not be the path I would choose, but faith leads me to believe that God knows, better than I do, what's best for me.
Not all of my inspiration comes from within. These thoughts come primarily from Martin Wiles, offered in Today's Devotional on the Internet. It gave me pause to wonder, how do people see me, as positive and grateful, or as a complaining whiner? Am I a number three or a number one?