Some have asked where I got the name for my blog, so I thought I should provide a little background.
In 1994, my husband and I lost a baby early in my pregnancy. Those who have experienced this know the pain and questioning that come as part of the grieving.
A friend gave me a small book written by another mother who had lost a child due to illness. In the book she told the story of her journey through grief, and related bits of inspiration that helped her.
I don’t remember the name of the author or the book, but her message stuck with me. It was taken from John 6:5-15, John’s account of Jesus’ miracle when He fed 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and two tiny fish. After the meal was over, Jesus instructed His disciples: “Collect the leftovers so that nothing is wasted.”
Since reading that book, I have always tried to view events in my life, good or bad, as opportunities to allow God to collect the pieces and use them in a way that He would be glorified. It is sad to think that any life could be taken from this world without notice. We all touch the lives of others with whom we have contact, and many times we will never know all that God has done through us.
So basically I don’t want to let anything I experience in life be wasted, but instead turn it over to God and let Him get the glory from it. In the same manner, I also think we should be diligent stewards of all the blessings God has given us, and let nothing be wasted.