Banana Chocolate Pancakes

Procrastination & Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Ephesians 5:15-16 (niv)

Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

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Cancel a gym membership I haven’t used in months.
Schedule an appointment with the groomer for the dog.
Set-up auto payment for the car.
Return a phone call to a friend that’s long overdue.

Procrastination comes so naturally for me. I often write something on my to-do list, only to continue rewriting it every day for the next week or month. I wait until something is urgent, or even until it’s too late. And then I’m filled with unnecessary stress and worry. I have to double my effort to accomplish something immediately that I’ve had weeks to do. I don’t give my best to something because I didn’t allow enough time to bring out my best.

Being intentional with our time and our opportunities isn’t just smart, it’s necessary. God wants us to use the tools He’s given us to put our best foot forward in the tasks He’s given us. Procrastination isn’t one of those tools.

So many times, I skip over the things I don’t want to do, thinking I’ll leave them for the end of the day. But when the end of the day is rolling around, I’m too tired, too distracted, or too behind to get started on something that requires so much of my energy. So, I push it off until tomorrow. I repeat that cycle over and over again, as long as I can. Bills go unpaid, tasks go uncompleted, and priorities get mixed up.

God calls us to be good stewards of the things, people, and assignments that we’re given. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a story about a man who goes away and entrusts his money with some of his servants. Two of the servants invested the money and earned a return for their master, but one of the servants was afraid of losing the money, so he buried it. When the master returned, it was clear that the man hadn’t done anything to take care of what he was entrusted with, and the master was upset.

They may seem like small tasks, the things I’m procrastinating on. But they’re a gift; because responsibility is ultimately a gift. God’s given us dominion over His creation and His world, not so that we can avoid it, resent it, or dread it, but so that we can learn from it, grow through the experiences with it, and help it flourish as well.

Write

What are some of the things you’ve been procrastinating on? Can you come up with a way to better structure your schedule in order to maximize your time and minimize procrastination?

TIP: In order to ensure I’m completing my tasks without over scheduling my day, I create a list of the top 5 things I need to get done. At the top, I put anything I’m not-so-excited about, and I leave anything I’m excited to do at the bottom of the list. I work from top to bottom without skipping any of the lines, which often helps me to avoid procrastinating on the things I don’t enjoy doing quite as much.

Pray

To find joy and purpose in the mundane activities and tasks in your daily life.

Chocolate Banana Pancakes

2 minPrep Time

4 minCook Time

6 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 4-5 Pancakes

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat griddle or skillet and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a bowl, mash banana using a fork
  3. Add in egg white and extract and mix until combined
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder
  5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients - it’s normal for batter to be a little clumpy
  6. Spoon batter onto hot skillet and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until cooked through
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It’s totally normal for the batter to be slightly clumpy and be careful when flipping these, they’re kind of fragile!

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