The closer I grow to God and the more I live out this life, the more I see that He really is the only thing good in me. I wish I could say this wasn’t true. I’d like to say there was some part of my humanity that was good, but I really don’t think there is. I am selfish, afraid, and full of of complaints to name a few.
I’m not saying that there is nothing good about us humans. I believe we have good hearts that want to do what is right and help where we can help, but it is only because of Him that those feelings are instilled in us. If we were completely good by our own power, what good would God be? We would not have to rely on Him to forgive others, to let an intentionally hurtful comment roll off our shoulders, or to realize when we are in the wrong.
As much as our pride doesn’t want us to admit, we need Him. We are nothing without Him. He is the good in us. When we are able to truly grasp and understand this concept, I believe it allows us to know Him in a way we didn’t before. I’d like to say when you get that, you understand Him completely, but that’s not the case either. There are endless aspects to continue learning about Him that lead us to know Him more. There is so, so much to our God. He will never be fully understood until we meet Him, until we are Home.
“For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it.” -Romans 7:18 (HCSB). Embrace the good in you, and thank Him for being there in that. It’s only by His Glory that we are capable of the good we have done and will do.
I like to think of these brownies as a representation of that. The ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs, salt, beets, vanilla, and coconut oil. The beets are the healthiest ingredient in this recipe. The coconut oil and eggs aren’t too bad either, but I’m going with the beets. The good is there, but it’s mixed in with some not so great stuff. It’s the mix of it all that makes us who we are, but it’s in the realizing where the good in us comes from that makes us really shine.
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- 150g (1c) beet puree
- 275g (1½c) sugar
- 3 eggs
- 200g (1c) coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 40g (1/3c) all purpose flour
- 75g (3/4c) natural cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- Peel and chop 2 beets. Add them to a food processor and blend until you see small chunks. See photo above. Weigh out 150g or measure out 1 cup.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt coconut oil over low heat in a small pan. Set aside and let cool.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, and salt to a large bowl. Give it a whisk. Set aside.
- To a medium mixing bowl, add beet puree, sugar, and eggs. Whisk until combined.
- Slowly drizzle in the cooled coconut oil while whisking. (I find this helps it incorporate easier).
- Then add vanilla and mix until everything is combined and batter is smooth.
- Pour into a 9x9 pan (you can grease it if you'd like, but I find that they don't still if you let them cool long enough).
- Put them in the oven and let them cook for 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let them cool for at least 3 hours for best cutting results. (Don't say I didn't warn you).