When it’s clean-up time after an amazing meal, do you ever contemplate what to do with the leftovers? What about all the food in mystery containers filling your fridge: heat it up or throw it out? Knowing that someone, somewhere could benefit from the food I hold in my hands has always caused me struggle when it comes to leftovers. I don’t want to waste what someone else needs.

Recently, a familiar story in the Bible challenged me in a fresh way. It’s when Jesus feeds a large crowd of people on a hillside:

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those
who were seated as much as they wanted.
He did the same with the fish. 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 6:11-13 (NIV)

Did you catch what so caught me? “Let nothing be wasted.” Jesus was clear. He desires nothing be wasted. Nothing. What God provides is life-giving, sustaining, useful. It should never be hoarded or discarded.

What have you asked God for that He’s supplied? Food, health, wisdom, work, money, forgiveness, talent, time, dreams, joy, freedom, relationships? Whatever God has provided, don’t get your fill and call it quits. Share it! Use it! Offer it! Someone somewhere most certainly needs what God has given.

What do I have that God has provided? Am I taking my fill of God’s provision and wasting it? Where can my God-provided leftovers benefit others whom God is desiring to reach and bless? What changes might I need to make so that I no longer waste or hoard what God has provided?

Melissa Motschenbacher

Melissa Motschenbacher is passionate about serving God and people and lives to advance the Kingdom of God at home, locally and globally. She lives by the scripture, "But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!" Melissa is the Director of Deep Camp and Connections here at Forge Kingdom Building Ministries where she loves to create an atmosphere through events and connections for people to encounter the very heartbeat of God and lock arms with us to pursue our mission of "Forging Kingdom Laborers with Hearts on Fire and Lives on Purpose". Melissa is married to her amazing husband, Scott, and together they have three incredible, God-loving children: Makenzie, Peyton and Makayla. When not a Forge, her family seeks to find ways they can advance God’s Kingdom. They have had the honor of traveling to many nations to share the Gospel, helping to open a children's orphanage, opening a water well and opening a soup kitchen. They are working on establishing a non-profit organization to help feed hungry children around the world. In their free time, which they have learned to prioritize through the years, they love traveling anywhere around the world graced with palm trees, sand and saltwater to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing! One more fun little fact..."sparkle" is Melissa's favorite color!

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