Nothing Wasted

I don’t know if you were like me and grew up in a home where your father was very conservative. I remember my dad not throwing anything away until everything that was left was used up. For instance, there was times where I would think that there was nothing left in the tube of toothpaste but my dad would keep using it until he squeezed out the last possible drop of toothpaste. I remember getting to the end of the mustard bottle, squeezing out all that I could until there was close to nothing left, and about to throw the bottle away but my dad would stop me and use a knife to work out all he could until he couldn’t scoop out anymore.

Sometimes in life we have given everything we believe, know, or can muster and think that there is nothing left in the tank but God always squeezes out all the potential inside of us. Nothing is wasted. We see an example of this in the life of Ruth. This is what the Bible says “And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” (Ruth 2:2 NIV84) Ruth said there is still something left over and I can use what other people overlook, neglect, throw away, or miss. Paul commands us in Ephesians 6:13-14 that after we have done everything to stand, to remain standing. In other words after we have done everything possible and we believe there is nothing left, to continue to work, push, and squeeze out the very last drop. Jesus had the disciples gather up the leftovers in Mark 6 in order that they may have a reminder that nothing is ever wasted. There is a use and purpose for everything.

You might think that you have given everything you have, done everything you know to do, and have used up everything in the tank; but I want to let you know that you still have something left. You can still do something with what you have left over. God can still use what remains. What others miss, leave behind, or throw away; you can use to do a work and accomplish God’s plan for your life.

So keep pushing. Keep squeezing. Keep working. Until you have reached your full potential and have achieved the purpose and plan that God created you for.


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