Sweet Potato Breakfast Scramble

Stop Judging Yourself & Sweet Potato Scramble

1 John 3:20 (icb)

This is the way we know that we belong to the way of truth. When our hearts make us feel guilty, we can still have peace before God. God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

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Most of us live in constant fear of judgement, whether we’re willing to admit it or not. It’s the reason we buy fancy clothes and cars. It’s the reason most of the people we interact with will never really know us. And it’s the reason so many have a strained or distant relationship with their Creator.

I’m no different, constantly searching for the path of least judgement as I walk through life. I assume that I know how people are going to see me, my choices, and my life. Sometimes I’m right, and they do make judgements. I also assume that I know how God is looking at me, and in that case, my assumptions are never right. But one thing can be certain: the judgement that I’m so afraid of and always hiding from is coming from within.

It’s kind of backwards that we worry about being judged and condemned, but we’re trapped alone with the judgiest of them all. The law was created to show us our need for God, not for self-condemnation and constant guilt. Yet, so many of us miss what God wants us to see, and we jump straight to the guilt and shame, beating ourselves up over our thoughts, actions, or behaviors, all the while, avoiding  the solution to our negative feelings: grace.

That’s not to say that there’s no room for self-evaluation and growth, but those must come from a place of love and support in order to be lasting and authentic. Jesus knew that we needed love, not hate. He came to give us grace, not guilt. And He promised us freedom, not bondage. So, it’s time to take off the chains of self-judgement and start living under one simple truth: we’re sinners that are broken (“All people have done wrong things. Nobody can be good and great, as God wanted them to be” Romans 3:23 EASY), but we’re loved, forgiven, and set free by grace (“The law was given so that sin would increase. But where sin increased, God’s grace increased even more” Romans 5:20 NIRV).

It’s easy to forget our place; to start believing we’re the author, director, producer, and leading star of our lives. However, we’re making a critical error when we start to live that way. As humans, we don’t have the ultimate power to offer forgiveness and grace on our own, those fruits come from the Spirit. So, we start to look at what we can control; punishing ourselves. But there’s a different way, a better way, an easier way; resting in the peace that God’s love and grace runs deeper than any sin. It’s time that we finally forgive ourselves, because the real author of our story already has.

Write

Are there any specific circumstances that are causing you to feel shame, self-loathing, or live in constant judgment of yourself? If so, write about them in your journal.

Pray

Confess the things listed in your journal to God, and ask for His forgiveness and grace in your life today.

Sweet Potato Scramble

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Bowl

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Ingredients

  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1 egg
  • 1 chicken/turkey sausage
  • 1/2 cup spinach or kale, torn into small pieces
  • 1/8 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Remove skin from sweet potato and chop into cubes
  3. Lay sweet potato on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until soft
  5. Cook sausage according to package and cut into pieces
  6. Scramble eggs with spinach/kale, salt, and pepper and cook in a skillet
  7. When egg is cooked, add sweet potato and sausage and mix
  8. Heat until all ingredients are warm and transfer to a bowl
  9. Top with cubed avocado
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Tips & Tools

If you’re running short on time, you can skin the sweet potato and microwave it for 6-ish minutes. If you have the “potato button” on your microwave settings, that’s usually spot on for cooking time. It will change the texture and taste of your bowl slightly, but it will also save you a bunch of time waiting for the potato to roast in the oven.

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