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Wisdom Wednesday: Recycle, Resource, Refresh, Repurpose

"Lazy people don't even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find."  —Proverbs 12:27 NLT

Photo credit: Stacie Humpherys via Flickr with text added.

Have you ever been apprehensive about cleaning out your refrigerator because you knew you had yucky ‘science experiments’ growing inside? I have had some that were so overgrown with mold microbes, that the food was unrecognizable. Have you ever wished you had a dollar for every piece of food that was wasted? I have heard and read statistics saying Americans throw away over $500 in food per person every year. I can think of a thing or two to do with $500, can’t you?

“He who has money to throw away, let him employ workmen, and not stand by.” —Italian proverb

“Willful waste makes woeful want.” —Scottish proverb

Having an Okinawan mother, I grew up with the Japanese mindset called ‘mottainai’ which has the idea of an appreciation for food and possessions and consuming or using them as fully as possible so as not to be wasteful. Although the New Living Translation of Proverbs 12:27 ends with “but the diligent make use of everything they find,” the literal translation has more to do with valuing the things they have.

“The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.” —Proverbs 12:27 KJV

“Though you live near a forest, do not waste your firewood.” —Chinese proverb

Hi, my name is René, and I am a recovering packrat. If you are, too, I’m sure you appreciate and even have fun with the new move to reuse, resource, refresh and repurpose things. It can help save money and Earth’s resources. After all, we are supposed to be good stewards of the resources God has given us as well as His beautiful creation.

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” —Unknown

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” —Teddy Roosevelt

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” —Plato

I wish I was as creative as and really admire people who tend to think more abstractly than I and can see potential and create beautiful art or useful things with what most people would throw away. It’s one of the reasons I like Pinterest.

“A creative mind sees every pile of junk as a jigsaw puzzle.” —Steve Supple


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