After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted” (John 6:12).

We often focus on the fact that Jesus fed five thousand with two fish and five loaves of bread. We don’t focus on the left overs, but we will today.

Did you ever think about how many leftovers there were? There were leftovers because we serve a God of abundance! That day, everyone had more than enough to eat, and there were still twelve baskets full of bread and fish remaining. I love that Jesus told the disciples to collect all the leftovers, “So that nothing is wasted.” With God, nothing is ever wasted. He’ll never waste an experience; He’ll never waste a hurt; He’ll never waste a dream; He’ll never waste a single piece of bread.

God is a creator and a restorer. If you’ve felt like you’ve wasted years of your life in the wrong job, hanging around the wrong people, doing the wrong things, God will gather those years and restore them back to you. He will launch you further into your destiny than you thought possible. Be encouraged today because with God all things are possible and nothing is ever wasted!