Breakfast Pizza Recipe

January 14 – Resolutions Versus Goals & Breakfast Pizza Bagels

Philippians 3:13 (nirv)

Brothers and sisters, I know that I still have a long way to go. But there is one thing I do: I forget what is in the past and try as hard as I can to reach the goal before me.

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It’s January 14th; 2 full weeks of the new year. How are you doing with your New Years Resolutions? Every year, I used to create a list of resolutions, and every year around this time, I realized I had already failed at not saying the F word, or making my bed every day, so I gave up on them. The same thing kept happening with my new diet that was “definitely going to stick this year”.

Over the last few years, I stopped making resolutions. Not because I don’t have goals and aspirations, but because I realized that in my experience, resolutions don’t work. Dictionary.com defines the word resolution as a firm decision to do or not do something. The definition shows us the problem: resolutions focus on actions instead of outcome.

Of course I believe our actions are important, but we’re flawed humans who are bound to make mistakes. God knew that, which is why He offered us forgiveness and constant grace. Paul knew that when he wrote this scripture, instructing us to forget the past and focus on the goals ahead of us.

Resolutions often come with the belief that if you mess up, you should give up. But as Believers, our goals shouldn’t necessarily be attached to our actions. If our goals change as a result of our actions, it’s probably a good idea to re-examine the initial goal.

For years, I set a goal to grow closer to God. Every year, I would make a mental note that this was the year I would read my Bible and pray every day, and as a result, I would grow closer to God. But the first day that I lost track of time, or fell asleep early, or simply didn’t make prayer a priority, I would get frustrated and I would give up.

What I learned, however, is that if my goal was in fact to grow closer to God, those missed prayers from yesterday, and last week’s skipped devotional didn’t matter because I had today, and the promise of tomorrow. The mistakes of the past only control the future if we allow it.

This concept applies to any goal you have for yourself. Sometimes, we’ll suffer the consequences of those “mistakes” – an extra $1,000 of debt to pay off before we’re debt free, an extra 10 pounds to lose before we reach a healthy weight, or a few extra days of sun damage due to not wearing the daily sunscreen that we planned to – but doubling down on those choices certainly doesn’t get anyone any closer to their goals. So many people allow an isolated incident to become a life-long contract for the future; messing up once doesn’t obligate you to do it again, or do it on purpose.

Of course the best way to reach our goals is to align our actions with those goals, but when we don’t, it’s not a time to give up, it’s a time for grace.

“Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.” John 1:16 NIV

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What goals did you set for yourself in 2019? Have you continued to work toward those goals this year? Have you gotten off track at all? Did you set any goals that you’ve given up on? If so, take some time to examine those goals and ensure they’re the right goals for you (you may find January 2nd’s post helpful while evaluating). If they are the right goals for you, what do you need to do to get back on track in reaching those goals?

Pray

For your 2019 goals to be surrounded by God’s grace and blessings.

Breakfast Pizza Bagels

1 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 1/2 Bagel

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • 1/2 bagel - plain or savory flavor of choice
  • 1 slice bacon/turkey bacon
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheese
  • salt and pepper as desired (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook bacon according to package, place on a paper towel to remove extra grease, and crumble once it’s cooled
  2. Scramble eggs with salt and pepper
  3. Cook in a skillet
  4. Pre-heat broiler to high temperature
  5. Don’t pre-toast bagel!
  6. Spread eggs across the top of bagel, top with crumbled bacon, and shredded cheese
  7. Place bagel on a cookie sheet and heat under the broiler for 1 minute (watch carefully to make sure it’s not burning!)
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For this recipe, I used Dave’s Killer Bagels in the Epic Everything flavor, but any brand/flavor will work! Remember that you can freeze these bagels until next time you need them; they hold up really well in the freezer and it keeps them from being wasted! Or, this might be a recipe your whole fam loves – in that case, you might not have any left!

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