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What a waste! Those three little words can mean so much depending on what you’re talking about.

For some, it can refer to the wastefulness of our society where we throw food away while our neighbors go hungry. For others it can be a comment about a life not well lived, a life that somehow didn’t live up to its potential and was wasted regardless of the reasons.

The reality is that no matter how hard we follow after God, most of us have not lived our lives well. A trail of waste is left by broken dreams, broken relationships and broken potential.

But waste is a funny thing, because as the saying goes ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

In my little corner of the world the wine grape crush is coming, and the vineyards are gearing up for the fast and furious harvest that will ultimately result in a variety of different wines.

The other day, I was talking to a vineyard owner about the crush, and he made the offhand comment that at his vineyard they don’t just throw the grape skins, seeds and stems away when they start the wine making process, they turn that sludge into compost that feeds other aspects of their agricultural world.

And I’m not talking about just a few little grape skins, a couple of seeds and one or two stems, there are tons of this stuff that need to be dealt with that would naturally be considered waste, but this particular vineyard/winery finds a use for. Even though it doesn’t add anything useful to the wine making process, it’s used for something else. Nothing is considered a waste because a good use is found for it elsewhere.

Think about that, there is no waste.

And, isn’t that just what God does with us and the waste that we create in our own lives? We look at our pile of sludge as useless trash that we should lament and mourn because of the squander of precious time that it cost us. We don’t see anything useful in it at all. Simply put, it is worthless.

But it is not worthless to God, He uses it for His own purposes, for His own glory the minute we repent and turn to Him.

In God’s world there is no waste.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

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