Green Smoothie

It’s All Good & a Green Smoothie

1 Timothy 4:4-5 (nirv)

Everything God created is good. You shouldn’t turn anything down. Instead, you should thank God for it. The word of God and prayer make it holy.

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When I first became a Christian, I thought that I needed to give up everything that wasn’t an active part of church or ministry. I had this idea that only certain things were good; certain jobs, certain music and movies, certain events. I assumed that God wanted me to reprogram my radio settings, clear my social media of everything but Bible verses, and begin searching for a job in children’s ministry.

I was selling God short. The belief that only certain things are holy or good enough to be a part of my life is a lie. Things don’t become “good” because they’re given a biblical title or because someone in a religious organization decides that they’re good; things are good because God calls them good.

Nearly everything can be used for both good and evil; it’s the not the action or object that’s the determining factor, it’s the approach, the mindset, and the heart behind it. Things that most of us consider “good” or “okay” have been used for evil, and things that are typically looked down upon have been used to bring glory to God.

We have to stop making ourselves the judge and the jury of the world; there’s only one Judge, and while none of us can fully understand His perspective, we can be sure it’s much different than ours. God isn’t looking at the jobs we do, school we attend, food we eat, or music we listen to in order to make a judgement on our hearts; He doesn’t have to. He knows our hearts better than we do.

By deeming secular things “bad”, we’re not only missing out on growing and learning through experiences, we’re also missing the opportunity to connect with other humans who might not yet know Jesus. There’s no better place to find people who don’t yet know God than outside of the walls of the church. What we often need to connect with non-believers is common ground – a common ground that can be made holy through prayer and connection with God. And of course, Sunday church service, weekly small group, and prayer retreats all have a good, important place in our lives. But they don’t have to be our only place.

For years, I felt guilt and shame because my work, my hobbies, my friendships, and my weekends were mostly outside of the Christian communities and circles. But God showed me that He makes things good, and because of the power He’s given us in the Holy Spirit, we can choose to bring Him into all places and spaces. Our hearts can reflect His goodness in all things.

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Do you feel guilt over doing or not doing something because you feel it doesn’t jive with the Christian community? Do you feel pressure to start or stop something because it’s been called “good” or “bad”? Turn to the Word for clarification and direction about this activity and search for what God says about that thing. Journal any of the answers you find.

Pray

For clarity about the good things in your life that God’s created, and for those things to be made holy and useful.

Green Smoothie

3 minPrep Time

1 minCook Time

4 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • Splash of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
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You may need to stop blending once to scrape down the sides of your blender, making sure you get all this goodness blended!

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