“Waste not, want not.” I am sure we have all heard this one before, it’s nothing new. Maybe the first time we heard it we were in the checkout line at the supermarket reaching for that candy bar and our mom or dad politely reminded us with this saying, that (no matter how much our little selves wanted to believe we did) we, in fact, do not need that candy bar. Or maybe this is a new one for you; either way, I think that you will be able to get the idea.
**Warning: I’m about to get all “lily of the valley” on you…
So, let’s start with this fun fact! Did you know… that the fact that you are reading these words right now means that you have been provided, in one way or another, with enough food and water to sustain your life up to this point? Also, that you have access to the internet. Which… I’m sure you have probably never put much thought into before now. Maybe your water doesn’t come in $5.00 bottles or your food isn’t 5 star quality; sure, you have access to the Internet but it’s not on the newest iphone or Android this or that.
Who are we to feel the “right” to be so picky? We are so blessed with where God has chosen us to be; why is that so hard to see? We are blessed with choices upon choices of where/what to eat, drink or wear. But, God has blessed us with those choices. I do not think we should feel guilty for having them. Do I think we should try to live as frugal and resourceful as possible? Absolutely, 100% yes. Do I think we should try to help those less fortunate? By all means; in the name of the LORD all glory to the King!
Yesterday, one of my brothers pointed out that sometimes the people in third world countries seem so much happier than the people we see all around us. I agree with him; because while we may see it as only their most basic of needs being met… they are still being met; they are still here. They rejoice and thank God for a well with clean water or a pair of shoes. Our Heavenly Father loves and cares for us all the same. We are the same.
Matthew 6: 25-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Mama defined it as this: saying, “‘Waste not, want not’ means if you never waste what God has given you, because He always gives us what we need, then you will never want for anything. We need to always remember to be frugal in His provisions.” I could not agree more.
Numbers 6: 24-26
In Jesus’ Name