“Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power.”
2 Thessalonians 1: 11
What does it mean to live worthy of the calling? We are all sinners and we all fall short of God’s glory, but are we doing everything we can to live our lives for Jesus Christ on a daily basis? Living worthy of the calling is living day to day in a manner that’s pleasing to God. That means that every word that comes out of our mouth and every action we take brings glory to His name.
As humans, it’s easy for us to give up on something when it’s too challenging or throw in the towel when we mess up, but God knows that we aren’t perfect. We will fail more times than we can count, but the question is do we pick ourselves back up, ask the Lord for help and try again or do we simply give up? 1 Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold onto eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” We are constantly going to have to fight for the Lord against what satan puts into our path. We are striving for His perfection, even though we will never attain it, we try as hard as we can to live for Him. That is what makes us worthy of the calling living in a manner that’s pleasing to God’s benevolence.
- 1 can (11 oz.) White Shoepeg Corn
- 1 can (15 oz.) Black Beans
- 1 can (15 oz.) Garbanzo Beans
- 1 can (15 oz.) Pinto Beans
- 1 can (15 oz.) Kidney Beans
- 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, diced into small pieces
- 2 to 3 Jalapeño Peppers (you can add more if you want it spicier)
- 1 lb. Pepper Jack Cheese, diced into small cubes
- 2 to 3 Stalks of Celery, diced into small pieces
- 1/2 Cup Red Onion, diced
- 1 - 16 fluid ounces Zesty Italian Dressing (Mandatory)
- 1/4 Cup Canola Oil
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- In a large bowl, stir together all of the ingredients. You can either let it marinate in the fridge or eat it immediately with tortilla chips.
- This recipe can be made a day ahead. The longer you let it marinate in the refrigerator, the better it tastes and the spicier it becomes if you added the jalapenos.
- If you would like to omit an ingredient, it won't take away from the taste of the dip, make it to your liking.
- 1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
- Egg Wash (1 egg + 1 Tbs. water whisked together with a fork)
- 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
- 4 oz. Goat Cheese
- 8 oz. can of Sliced Beets
- 1 1/2 Cups Balsamic Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- In two small bowls, put the Panko bread crumbs in one and the egg wash in the other, set aside. In a medium skillet over medium low heat, bring the canola oil to a light sizzle. Take the goat cheese and cut six even slices. With your hands press each one out into a flat circle, dip them into the egg wash, then the bread crumbs and then put them into the skillet to cook for 2 minutes on each side.
- Meanwhile, open and drain the beets and lay them out on a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid. After the fried goat cheese is done, lay them on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
- In a small saucepan, bring to a boil the balsamic vinegar and sugar for about 10 to 15 minutes until it reduces and thickens.
- Start building your salad, there will be three beets and two fried goat cheeses for every serving. Drizzle the Balsamic reduction on top and enjoy!
- Goat cheese can be difficult to work with, so if your having a hard time slicing it, use non-flavored floss.
“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”
How do you start out your morning? Most of us have a busy day ahead of us, so we are rushing to get prepared. The best way we can prepare for our day is by spending time in prayer with God. Before our day begins, before we even get out of bed, the most important thing in our morning should be talking to our Lord and Savior.
By starting out our morning with God, we dedicate our day to Him. We lay all of our activities before His feet and ask for Him to glorify them. We ask that He guide us in the right directions, so that every choice we make throughout the rest of the day He is right there with us when we make decisions. Every day is a gift from God; it is His day, not ours. We should be asking Him to bless our day so He can guide us through every situation we encounter.
Our verse says at the end, “And I will look up.” We should be looking up, seeking the Lord, and letting Him prepare our day for us.