It’s a gorgeous day outside today … the kind of day that we in Cleveland have been longing for since, oh, about October. It’s hot, it’s sunny, my kids are running through the sprinkler — it’s perfect! “What would make today better?” I thought to myself. It didn’t take me long to answer: “Watermelon popsicles! I have watermelon, I have popsicle sticks. I can totally make this happen!” So I turned on my computer, and I opened up Pinterest. “Watermelon Popsicles,” I typed. “This should be easy!”
And that’s when I felt it … Pinterest guilt! List after list of 7 or 50 or 100+ activities to do with your kids this summer…is that what all the other mothers are doing? Is that what I should be doing? Why did no one tell me that all the other kids in the world are spending their summer making Solar S’mores with marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and sunlight? (Really … I understand that building a fire is challenging, but why not use the microwave? Should I really ask my kids to wait outside expectantly while the sunlight cooks them a perfectly toasted s’more? Never gonna happen!)
When you feel yourself falling into this trap, consider Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
You see, that’s what it all comes down to. Am I trying to please people? Am I looking for the approval of those around me? Or am I doing what I’m doing so that God will be pleased with me? Rather than obsessing over my own perceived inadequacies, I need to make sure that my life is pleasing to my Savior. No more comparisons, no more guilt!
So here you go – a recipe for watermelon popsicles. They’re delicious, and you can make them without even glancing at Pinterest!