Chunky Monkey Crepes

Accepting Sin & Not-So-Chunky-Monkey Crepes

1 John 1:8 (erv)

If we say that we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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Sin: it’s such a dirty word. It doesn’t sound good, does it? Knowing that we’ve sinned, doesn’t feel good, does it? Admitting that we’ve sinned is even worse. But it’s something we really should start acknowledging and accepting. Why in the world would we accept and acknowledge sin?! Because it’s the only way we become aware of just how impactful Jesus’ death on the cross really is.

Pretending that we don’t sin doesn’t change the fact that we do. Pretending only allows us to hide from our sin, to minimize it, to believe that we’re good, or good enough, on our own. But until we understand the weight of our sin, we’ll never be able to fully accept the incredible gift of salvation that’s been given to us.

Sinning isn’t okay, but it’s normal. “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory” (Romans 3:23, CEV). The difference between those who walk with Jesus and those who don’t isn’t the presence of sin in their lives, it’s their willingness to accept that sin. Accepting something doesn’t mean that we agree with it, it means we acknowledge it. And once we acknowledge that our actions, thoughts, or behaviors don’t match up with the Word of God, we can begin the work we need to do to grow from it.

There’s an episode of Seinfeld where Elaine has a frenemy, Sue Ellen, who never wears a bra. It really bothers Elaine, so she decides to buy Sue Ellen a bra as a gift for her birthday. However, Sue Ellen never acknowledges her need for the bra, because she doesn’t see her walking around bra-less as a problem. Because she doesn’t see the problem, she also doesn’t appreciate the solution. Instead, she decides to wear the bra as a top.

That’s just a funny story for all the Seinfeld fans out there, but it does illustrate how big the gap can be between the problem (the sin) and the gift of a solution (salvation) if the sinner never acknowledges the problem in the first place.

Even as Christians, we’ll still continue to live in, around, and with sin. The Cross doesn’t change the world’s sin problem right now, but it does offer us a solution. However, without the recognition of a problem, there will never be a chase for a solution, or understanding and gratitude for the one that’s been gifted to us. In order to embrace Jesus’ death, resurrection, and gift of complete forgiveness, we must first accept the sin that made those things necessary.

Write

Can you think of anything in your life that you’re brushing under the rug or pretending doesn’t exist in order to avoid acknowledging your sin? Write about those things and why you think you struggle to acknowledge your sin problem.

Pray

For God’s guidance in identifying and acknowledging any unknown sin in your life.

Not-So-Chunky-Monkey Crepes

5 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 2 Crepes

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Ingredients

    Crepes
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • dash of sea salt
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • peanut butter (optional)
  • Filling
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients for the crepes into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Spray a small frying pan (8 inches) and heat on high until very hot
  3. Reduce heat to medium and pour half the batter into the skillet and immediately swirl it around until it covers the entire pan with a thin layer
  4. Using a spatula, loosen the edges of the crepe, and after about 2 minutes, flip it over
  5. Cook until both sides are browned
  6. Remove from heat and lay flat
  7. Spread greek yogurt across the bottom of the crepes, then layer chopped bananas and walnuts
  8. Fold up crepes and drizzle peanut butter across the top if desired
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Tips & Tools

These crepes are good as is, but if you like a little something extra drizzled across the top, peanut butter makes them extra yum. You can also use honey for a little extra suga. For an easy drizzle, spoon substance of choice into a ziploc bag and cut just the tip of one of corner. Squeeze the bag slowly while drizzling across your crepes!

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