Something We’re Not & No Bake Fruit Pizza

Romans 12:6 (msg)

Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.

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Talk about a difficult change, right? If you take this verse and look at the challenge that’s provided to us, it might sound easy, but there are days it feels impossible. A few days ago, I stumbled upon this Instagram account that was created by a couple that travels consistently. They’re modern day gypsies with incredible photography skills and what looks to be an adorable relationship. After just seconds of staring at their photos, I decided that I wanted their life.

As I scrolled through the feed, I started to feel suffocated by comparison. In those moments, nothing about my life seemed good enough. Do you ever thoughts that just flood your brain? So many things entered my mind in that short amount of time that I felt like I’d been staring at those photos for hours. But when I finally looked up, I realized it had only been a minute or two.

Isn’t it crazy how you can lose sight of everything when you’re looking at someone else’s story and comparing it with your own? One of the reasons I selected this particular version of this verse is because of the specific way it describes who we are.

“Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be.” Such huge meaning in just a few words. I wasn’t made to be her, she wasn’t made to be you, and you weren’t made to be anyone else. The second part of the scripture says “…or trying to be something we aren’t”. Incase we didn’t get it the first time, it’s repeated again: we’ll never be someone or something that we aren’t. We might wish that we were, or even try to pretend that we are, but ultimately, God has a plan for each of us that looks different than everyone else’s.

I’m not an adventure blogger, backpacking the globe with a man I happened to meet on a spontaneous vacation 3 years ago (that’s their story… I know, right?) and I don’t have the ocean as my daily backdrop to fill my Instagram feed. For whatever reason, that’s not who I am today. And I have to believe that it’s not because God doesn’t have great things for me. It’s because He has great things for all of His people, but often times, we have a skewed version of what “great” is.

You’ve probably heard the famous Theodore Roosevelt quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” But before he said it, God said it right here in this verse. He’s reminding us not to miss the good things in our lives because we’re focusing on the good things in the lives of others. There’s plenty of good and great gifts to go around – sometimes, it just takes opening our minds to the possibility that those things come in all shapes and sizes.

Write

What areas do you typically compare yourself to others? Is there a particular trigger for your comparison? If so, what steps can you take to eliminate those things from your mind? It could be something as simple as unfollowing certain accounts on social media or blocking certain types of ads.

Pray

Ask God to help you see the good gifts He’s given specifically to you.

No Bake Fruit Pizza

35 minPrep Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 4 Mini Pizzas • 1 Per Serving

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup chopped berries
  • 1/2 kiwi
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (about 8)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nut butter
  • parchment paper

Instructions

  1. Line a flat plate or cutting board with parchment paper
  2. Remove pits from dates
  3. In a food processor, combine oats, dates, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla, and nut butter and blend until smooth
  4. Divide mixture into 4ths and roll into balls
  5. Flatten each ball into a pizza shape
  6. If your hands or the mixture become too sticky, dip your hands into water before molding
  7. Place each pizza onto the parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  8. Spread greek yogurt across the top of each pizza and top with fruit
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