May 11, 2011Read: Psalm 148

"Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name is exalted..." --Psalm 148:13

"The kid's got skills," I said to myself as I sat at a traffic light. Waiting my turn, I looked to my right to see this kid on the corner. He was dancing with one of those big cardboard ads, flipping and turning it with ease. Effortlessly, he'd toss it up and catch without even looking. He had all the drivers mesmerized. He probably flipped it a dozen times while I sat there and never once did he drop it.

Well, the light changed, and I went on my way. "The kid's got skills", I said again with a half smile as I drove off, but then it hit me. I have no idea what he was advertising. Talented? Absolutely. Dedicated? Unquestionable. But for the life of me, I couldn't tell you what he stood (there) for. All I know is that whatever he was asked to promote took a back seat to his show.

I couldn't help but think that we're sometimes like that kid on the corner. We've been called to share the truth of Jesus, but we often do our own song and dance, amusing or confusing those around us. Lord, help us remember that you're the star of the show, and we'd be wise to drop the act.


RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Roasted Tofu In need of a small departure from the norm? Try this delicious, low-fat vegetarian dish

Serves 4

Ingredients: 1 package extra firm tofu 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 teaspoons rice vinegar 2 teaspoons honey 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon chili sauce (such as sriracha)

Directions: Slice tofu into pieces approximately ½ inch thick and 2 inches long (domino sized pieces). Place pieces in a bowl lined with paper towels and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes to remove excess water.

Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl whisk canola oil, vinegar, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and chili sauce. Add tofu and gently toss to coat. Transfer to a sheet pan and bake for 20-25 minutes (turning once), until golden brown.

Nutrition Info Per Serving: Calories: 105 Total Fat: 5 grams Saturated Fat: 1 gram Carbohydrate: 4 grams Protein: 10 grams Cholesterol: 0 milligrams Sodium: 172 milligrams Fiber: 1 gram

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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