What the world may see as a waste ~ what we, too, may be tempted to see as a waste ~ He may see as beautiful.
Something that is a waste is simply something that lacks purpose, is leftover, or is no longer useful.
How easy it can be to mislabel something as a “waste” whether a season, a situation, or even an act of service. How quickly we can conclude that something is a waste of time, waste of effort, or waste of money simply because we do not see its purpose or usefulness.
The next time we’re tempted to call something a waste, let us pause and consider this account from the Gospels. Regardless of how it appears or how others may view it, may our desire be simply this: to do “a beautiful thing” unto Him.
“While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. ‘Why this waste?’ they asked. ‘This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.’ Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.’” (Matthew 26:6-10 NIV)
When done unto Him, no act of service or step of obedience is ever a waste!