Sweet Potato Avocado Toast

Living for Likes & Sweet Potato Avocado Toast

Matthew 11:16-17 (nirv)

“What can I compare today’s people to? They are like children sitting in the markets and calling out to others. They say, “ ‘We played the flute for you. But you didn’t dance. We sang a funeral song. But you didn’t become sad.’

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As a society, we care so much what people think about us. But what’s unique about our generation, the millenials, is that most of pretend that we don’t. We package our insecurities up and hide them behind our Instagram profiles. We choose the best of the best images from our highlight reels and we share them – #blessed. But even all of the carefully selected images and curated feed doesn’t always protect us from criticism, does it? 

Over the last 6 years, I’ve used lots of different social media platforms to build a business and a brand. I’ve shared countless things about my life in an effort to connect with more people – my weight loss journey, my marriage and it’s highs and lows, our struggle with infertility, and so much more. And it seemed like no matter what version or aspect of myself I brought to the table, it was never good enough for someone.

That’s what Jesus was trying to tell us here in this passage. In fact, He was using Himself and John the Baptist as an example. The people of that time ridiculed John for being too serious and too “preachy”. They also ridiculed Jesus for being too happy and too accepting. In other words, you just can’t win.

That’s the problem with living to please people; it’s impossible. We all know it, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. Most of us don’t even realize that we’re living for likes instead of just living. And ultimately, someone, somewhere will take issue with who I am, and who you are.

As believers, our goals  need to be different. Focusing on pleasing God instead of trying to please people brings us freedom from the constant hustle, and the always having to be “on”. It allows us to be who God wants us to be; who we really are.

Romans 12:2 really lays out how to work on this. “Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect.” (ERV)

It’s hard, I know it is. I often get caught up in wanting to be liked. But that’s when I try to remind myself that I’m already loved.  Liked<Loved.  And that love isn’t based on behavior, perfectly lit photos, or saying the right things. It’s constant and consistent, never-ending and never failing. It’s one that I don’t have to earn, and that gives me the freedom to stop trying so hard. It allows me, and all of us, to live for Jesus, not for likes.

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What’s the driving force behind your actions and behaviors? Do you think you’re living for God or living for others? What are some ways that you can start focusing more on pleasing God instead of trying to please people?

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For a deeper understanding of who you are in Christ.

Sweet Potato Avocado Toast

5 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

13 minTotal Time

Serves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mashed avocado
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler on high (500 degrees)
  2. Peel sweet potato and microwave for 90 seconds
  3. Slice sweet potato into thick pieces of “toast” and place under broiler on a cookie sheet
  4. Cook for 4 minutes, flip over, and cook for an additional 4 minutes
  5. While sweet potato is cooking, scramble eggs, combine with spinach and pepper and cook in a skillet
  6. Combine cottage cheese and avocado, mixing until avocado is fully mashed
  7. Spread avocado mixture across the tops of sweet potatoes and top with scrambled eggs
  8. Sprinkle with a dash of sea salt (optional)
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Tips & Tools

This is such a fun spin on avocado toast, and it’s perfect for those with a gluten allergy or intolerance. For the avocado, please use a fork to mash it and thank me later. I’m not sure if there’s any science behind the fact that a fork makes the avocado perfect for toast, but if there isn’t, there should be. Because it’s true!

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