Sharing Your Story & Goat Cheese Egg White Omelette

Acts 3:9-10 (nirv)

All the people saw him walking and praising God. They recognized him as the same man who used to sit and beg at the temple gated called Beautiful. They were amazed at what had happened to him.

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I’m sure you’ve heard it many times. “Your past is a story to inspire others.” I’ve heard it too. But I’ve never felt like it. That just sounds like a good sound bite that people were trained to say when they encounter people with unfortunate circumstances. But what if it’s true? There’s a colossal difference between hearing something and believing it. So today, let’s believe this truth together, and make it one of our core beliefs.

In Acts chapter 3, right before the verses highlighted above, John and Peter are walking to the temple when they encounter a paralyzed man. He can’t walk and had to be carried everywhere. He’d been that way since birth. Before we move on, let’s take a second to really look at this man’s circumstances.  Based on the few facts we know about him, we have to assume that this man wouldn’t be selected for the next Vineyard Vine catalog. He was probably dirty and poor. He sat in the heat, under the sun, in the sand, all day long. He earned money through begging, which probably means he didn’t have much of it. He couldn’t care for himself. If we’re honest, he probably looked a lot like the type of people we move away from on the train or the sidewalk.

But that didn’t stop Peter and John from approaching him.   They used the power of the Holy Spirit to heal this man, and he got up and walked. But he didn’t just walk, he jumped and danced, he celebrated, and he praised God. Publicly. Without doubt. And those who saw this had also seen him at his worst, just moments earlier.

Some of us are afraid to share our stories because of the light they might paint us in or the past they might reveal, but maybe God chose you because of those things. If the man hadn’t been paralyzed, hadn’t been a beggar, hadn’t been in a crappy situation, he might have just been another worshipper in the temple. God used him. And he wants to use you too.

Whatever you’ve struggled with, whatever you’re  working tirelessly to hide, give it to God. He’ll take that story of shame and re-write it for you.

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What story have you been hiding because of shame? Do you believe that God has the ability to use that story for change and good in your life and the life of someone else?

Pray

For the courage to allow God to use your story.

Goat Cheese Egg White Omelette

2 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

5 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Omelette

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Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet with non-stick cooking spray over medium heat
  2. Tear spinach leaves into small pieces
  3. Separate eggs and pour egg whites into skillet
  4. Swirl skillet around so that eggs cover the entire bottom
  5. Once the eggs begin to set along the edges, use a spatula to push eggs toward the center, allowing the rest of the eggs to spread out across the pan
  6. Add spinach and goat cheese to one side
  7. Use a spatula to lift one side of the omelette and fold it onto the other side
  8. Push down gently to allow any extra liquid to cook and cheese to melt
  9. Top with a few crumbles of additional goat cheese
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