Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookie

The Freedom to Choose & Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

1 Corinthians 6:12 (easy)

One of you may say: ‘I am free to do anything. I can do anything that I want to do.’ But not everything will help you. I myself could say: ‘I am free. I can do whatever things I want to do.’ Yes, but I will not let anything rule over me.

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One of my biggest struggles is the desire to live in the black and white, when Jesus gave us the freedom and grace to live in the gray. I have a difficult time finding balance in my freedom. One of the best examples of this I can think of is my relationship with food and exercise, but this scripture and principle applies to all the areas of our lives.

If we originally connected through Instagram, you might be familiar with my story – but for those who aren’t, I’ll talk about it again quickly. Most of my adult life, I failed to take care of my body physically. Walking up and down the stairs to our early apartments was the extent of my physical fitness. And my meal plan consisted of fast food, 100 calorie packs, diet sodas, and microwave meals.

About 6 years ago, I got really tired of cringing in front of the mirror, so I decided to make a lifestyle change. I started working out for the first time since my cheerleading days, and I swapped the processed foods that lined our freezer and pantry with real, whole foods. I stopped ordering out and started cooking. I learned to portion my food and eat the actual serving size instead of the entire meal. I started to feel good.

But then, I became fixated with my health, my physical fitness, and my results. I went from over-eating to under-eating. I replaced never working out with never not working out. Instead of hating what I saw in the mirror, I became obsessed with maintaining it and constantly improving on it.

Before I started my health journey, I felt free to eat what I wanted. After I started my health journey, I felt free to take whatever steps necessary to maintain my lifestyle. Neither are necessarily wrong, but in my case, they both were. They both ruled my life. My decisions, mindset, beliefs, self-worth, and value were all found in food, and the choices I made around it. And as it turns out, that’s not freedom at all.

This scripture is really intentional about making a point here – freedom and having something rule over you can’t coexist. In fact, one negates the other. When you pull this example away from food and look at it in an every day context, it’s part of the reason that legalism isn’t an effective or helpful way to live.

A donut for one person might simply be a donut, but for another, it’s where she finds her joy.
A glass of wine for someone may just be a cultural tradition or preference, but for another, it’s where she finds her courage.
A 60 hour work week might be a necessary part of pursuing a greater purpose or calling for one, but for another, it’s where her identity is found.

None of these things are wrong, and Jesus has given us a life of freedom. We get to live knowing that no matter what choices we make, we’re loved, accepted, forgiven, and blameless. But in order to truly grow and become more like Him, we have to be able to look introspectively and ask ourselves if the thing that we’re free to do is helpful. Here’s the really big kicker though, the part that is crucial for someone like me, who’s kind of a rebel and hates being told what I can/can’t do: we have the freedom to choose either option. No one is trying to control us, including God. By stepping away from something that we realize isn’t good or helpful for us, we’re not being deprived, we’re exercising the ultimate freedom; the freedom of choice.

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Can you identify anything in your life that might be controlling you? How are those things ruling over you? Are they attempting to fill a deeper desire or a space that was only meant to be filled by God?

Pray

For understanding and responsibility with the freedom that you’ve been given.

The Freedom to Choose & Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies

3 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Cookie

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 teaspoon almond butter
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • dash of sea salt
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using a fork, mash banana until smooth
  3. Add oats, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, and salt and mix until combined
  4. Fill a small skillet with mixture and bake for 10 minutes or until firm
  5. Drizzle with almond butter and serve with a side of greek yogurt for added protein
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If you don’t have a mini skillet, you can simply bake this cookie on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

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