Feelin’ Froggy – Part 1
Boys caught a frog recently and kept him as a pet. Well first they found a turtle but one of the boys left it out and it ran away. They would put it in a large bucket when not playing with it and one (nameless) boy did not put it back in the bucket. When it disappeared, there were tears of tremendous volume. A few days later, they caught a frog. Life redeemed. They were not going to let him get away like Frankie, the turtle that escaped. They kept a close eye on him and made sure he was in the hard-plastic amphibian/reptile prison…I mean luxurious and lush habitat.
All was going well until one morning Aaron walked out to check on him and he was “flat.” There were no tears here but a very nice burial ceremony and a valuable teaching moment. (It only stunk in the garden for a few days.)
There is no way to put this delicately. My boys killed this frog. It was unintentional but the outcome was nonetheless fatal. Accidental killers.
Jesus gives some attention to this with reference to our words. He says that we will be held accountable for every “careless word” spoken. The word for careless is defined as lazy or useless, inactive.
So, we know that we can intentionally do damage with our words and those are hurtful, wrong, and sinful. But, we must consider the words spouted out without regard for their impact. And even more than that, we should be proactive and make sure that we choose our words carefully for the purpose of giving life.
James 1:19 teaches that we should be QUICK to listen, SLOW to speak, and SLOW to become angry!
If we heed this instruction, think of the relationships we’d preserve, the community we’d build, and the heartache we’d save. In this day of mass division and universal conflict, our words can be “life and health” (Prov 15:4). And how much is “life-giving water” needed on a hot summer day? (Prov 18:4)
So, what are you saying? Are you refreshing others with your words or just spewing death with every careless word for the sake of public opinion or prideful conversation? Is it more important to be right or be relational? Have you even considered what the outcome will be with those words? Have you LISTENED first?
BIG MAN’S WORLD RECIPE
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
· 2 cups rolled oats gluten-free, if needed
· 1/2 cup almond butter can use any nut or seed butter
· 2 large bananas
· 1/2 cup blueberries
· 1/4 cup mix-ins of choice * See notes
For the glaze
· 1/2 cup sugar free powdered sugar
· 1-2 tbsp coconut milk
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients, except for your blueberries and mix well. Fold in half your blueberries using a rubber spatula. If the batter is too thick, add some milk to thin out. If the batter is too thin, add some extra oats.
3. Transfer the batter to the lined pan. Top with remaining blueberries and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center comes out just clean with a skewer.
4. Remove from the oven and allow the blueberry baked oatmeal to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Once cool, drizzle over the top with the sugar free icing.
* Use nuts, seeds, or vegan white chocolate chips
Healthy blueberry baked oatmeal should be stored in the fridge and will keep for 5 days, in a sealed container.
Blueberry oatmeal freezes well and can keep well frozen for up to 6 months.
Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 208 kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 22IU&nb sp;| Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg | NET CARBS: 21g