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Somewhere along the course of life I’ve developed a pet peeve towards wasting things. 

They are the result of either experiences I’ve had, books I’ve read or examples I’ve witnessed.

I remember reading a biography of Warren Buffet and him stating, “if I can keep track of my nickels, the dimes were take care of themselves.” 

I also recall my dad always picking up a penny when he came across one.

Those situations convicted me when it comes to wasting money.

And then, there’s wasting food.

Leftovers of great meals that go forgotten or large portions of the bread crust thrown out when eating sandwiches…

( I’m sure part of this stems from my parents making us eat our liver, brussels sprouts and chitlins. Without any guilty sentiments of starving African babies, they just denied us from leaving the table until it was all gone. )

So the other day, I was feeling some indignation as I noticed another good meal get trashed simply because we decided to buy something new — or just forgot it was there. 

Then, all of a sudden I instantly started thinking about my life, my gifts and talents that I daily keep hidden. 

I daily keep choosing to do other things. 

It hit me that I am wasting my life!

I could see myself playing the part of one of my most despised Bible characters: the guy with the one talent and buries it. 

I saw the hypocrisy of my feelings towards a half eaten pasta salad.

There’s an evil presumption that comes upon us when we choose to put off what’s really important for tomorrow. ( Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James: 4:13-15 )

And then, there’s an orphan heart that makes us worry and constantly stay in a survival mentality. ( So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31,32,34)

Lord, help me to care about what you care about.
Help me to share what you have given me.
Help me to plant, water and cultivate the potential I have — for your glory, your praise, and your honor. 

In Jesus Name. 

Amen.