Not From this World & Mocha Oat Smoothie

John 17:16 (erv)

They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.

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I think it’s incredibly easy to get frustrated with the world. I often get sick of doing the “right thing”. Do you ever have those moments where it feels like you’re the only one driving the speed limit? As cars zip around you and get to their destinations sooner, do you ever wonder what the point of even trying is?

I’ve had days where it feels like every favor goes unreturned. No doors are held. No “bless you’s” are said. No cars let me pull out. I quickly become tired of doing the things that aren’t done for me. And I wonder why I continue to do them.

Yesterday, I was driving home from visiting family, and I was in the right lane, as I should have been. When the time came to pass a truck, I switched to the left lane, and I felt like I was sitting still, behind a van, that clearly did not understand the point of the “passing lane”. A bunch of cars behind me became frustrated and whipped around us using the right lane, putting themselves dangerously close to the truck they were passing, and then violently cutting off the slow moving van.

I wanted to do that, too. I wanted to show that van that I was upset with their driving. I wanted to lay on the horn as I did it, teaching them a lesson. But instead, I sat there, slowly moving around the truck as I waited for the van to eventually pass it, and then continue to drive in the passing lane for another 5 miles.

Why follow the rules? Why hold the door? Why say excuse me when someone runs into me? Why apologize when someone crashes into my shopping cart while looking down at their phone? Because Jesus did.

I have to constantly remind myself that what Jesus teaches us “being right” is, is much different than what the world says it is. We don’t belong to the world, you and I. We belong to Someone who consistently did the right thing, the hard thing, the humble thing. He didn’t glare at the slow drivers, the cutter-offers, and the self-centered. He didn’t use that opportunity to take out His anger on someone who may have even deserved it. Instead, He showed all of us what it means to be kind, fair, and loving.

When we became believers, we were called to duplicate Jesus’ behaviors to the best of our abilities. Thats why. And knowing that Jesus went first in this often discouraging journey of remaining kind paves the way for us to do it as well.

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Can you identify any areas in your life where you can be a light and showcase kindness instead of frustration? Where do you feel God might be calling you to model His behaviors?

Pray

For a gentle reminder of Who you belong to today.

Mocha Oat Smoothie

3 minPrep Time

3 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup cold coffee
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • frozen banana
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
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