November 26, 2013

Mango Sauce n' Raw Pasta

For by the grace given to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3

As believers, we are called to be humble, and cast off pride. We are reminded of the example of Jesus' humble heart as He walked this earth and lived a life just as we are living now. He had every right to think of Himself more highly than He did, for He is God and was being worshiped by the angels in song before He decided to greet man with His presence. And yet, He decided to come into this world as a defenseless baby, born to a virgin, unmarried woman (a sinner like all of us), and live a life of poverty, had to work a physically demanding job, and constantly feel man's hatred toward Him as He told them the good news - that He was the waited for Messiah and King, and that they needed to repent in order to inherit God's kingdom.

So why am I so convinced that I deserve a better life than Christ? It's pride, my friends. We (I) think of ourselves as these amazing creatures that deserve much praise from man, little to no suffering, a whole lot of success and many gifts. Pride makes us wrongly believe that when we don't do well, and aren't receiving the praise we are "due", that we are obviously doing something incorrectly, and we should work harder. Pride makes me wrongly believe that if "so and so is having such a good life in sin, why am I having such a hard time as a believer and follower of Christ?" Pride steers our thoughts away from serving God by serving man, and dangerously toward serving ourselves first and foremost, because we deserve it (lie).

These words from the Lord are hard to put into practice - but they are so freeing once you are able to. We have to acknowledge that every good and perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17). The reason we wake up with breathe each morning is because God gives it to us. The reason we were able to pay that last bill is because The Lord provides. The reason we received praise from man as we finished a job at work is because God gives us the wisdom to work. It's all because of the Lord, nothing we do is because we are awesome, able and majestic but because our Heavenly Father is compassionate, generous and giving.

Here is some of Matthew Henry's great commentary on this verse:

"Pride is a sin that is bred in the bone of all of us, and we have therefore each of us need to be cautioned and armed against it. We must take heed of having too great an opinion of ourselves, or putting too high a valuation upon our own judgments, abilities, persons and performances. We must not be self-conceited, nor esteem too much our own wisdom and other attainments."

side note... isn't it interesting how all of our life we are told to not have a low self esteem? and yet, doing what we are told, we develop a high self esteem... which translates into nothing other than pride! oh brain washing at its best...!

"...we must have a low and modest opinion of ourselves and our own abilities, our gifts and grace, according to what we have received from God, and not otherwise. It is good to be wise, but it is bad to think ourselves so for there is more hope of a fool than of him that is wise in his own eyes."

Low self esteem. Acknowledge that God has given us every big and small gift we have, and we are humbly in His hands.

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Oh, this is how we did dinner the other day!
the pasta business:
  • 2 peeled zucchinis, spiralized or julienned
  • 2 large peeled English cucumbers, spiralized or julienned
sauce n' toppings:
  • 2 mangoes, blended with 1/2 bell pepper (red/orange/yellow)
  • tomatoes and more bell pepper diced on top! 

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