When they had all had enough to eat, He said to His disciples, 'Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted' - John 6:12 NIV
My mother was an excellent cook. One of the things that she specialized in was taking the ingredients that were left over from a previous meal and combining them to make a delicious casserole. Unbeknownst to the rest of us in the family, there were a number of occasions that we would sit down to enjoy a meal that consisted of things that we had eaten the previous day or two. Mama was not going to let those leftovers from the prior meals get in the way of creating something useful to be enjoyed by others. She was determined not to waste nothing.
In that same manner as my mother with the preparation of her casseroles , we should have the same mindset to not to waste anything in our life. The items that we are prone to waste and neglect are our life's experiences. I have learned that all of our life's experiences, whether they be good or bad, shape you to be utilized for useful service to others. The key is that you have to be willing to accept and embrace it. Please keep in mind I realize that you may not understand why it's happening to you or what the benefit of the experience is that you are going through. I just want you to know that God wastes nothing and that at some point, you will know why. This concept is so important that I will spend the next few days covering it. I will share some of things that have happened to me (and maybe you as well) that have played a part in getting to the point where God is using me through this resource. Tomorrow's subject will be relationships (you didn't think I would leave you hanging and not give you a sneak peek, did you?). I hope that you will be here.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.