Do Not Despise Small Beginnings
Well, we are three weeks into 2020! The New Year’s excitement is waning and many are settling into their “normal.” Some are still grinding away at their goals, but, for some, discouragement and even disappointment is starting to set in. It’s not for lack of effort, or lack of motivation, but lack of results. Three weeks of advertising and promoting and only a few sales. Three weeks of praying, fasting, and dedication to a reading plan and no apparent breakthrough. Three weeks of diet and exercise and only a few pounds lost. Or worse, only three short weeks and already messed up, or, even worse, given up!
Last week we saw, in Zechariah 4, that Zerubbabel received encouragement to continue the work of rebuilding the temple. (The Limits of Your Best) Discouragement had set in, and the Lord’s messenger reminded him, that it’s not by his power or might, but only by the Spirit of the Lord would the work be completed (Zechariah 4:6 ).
A second part of this message speaks volumes to us. The Messenger goes on to pose the question, “Who dares despise the day of small things . . . ?” (Zechariah 4:10). Sadly, I’m guilty. I sometimes look at my meager results and wish things would move along a little—no a lot faster. And because it is not, I feel defeated and deflated. This is a hard one for me. I know that starting small is par for the course, but slow growth can be discouraging and frustrating. It is at these times, that I need this reminder not to despise small beginnings. The passage goes on to tell us why. “. . . for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10 NLT). He lovingly looks on to see us start the work He’s assigned to us. Our faithful Father’s eyes watch over the work and sees to it’s completion. Philippians 1:6 admonishes us to be “confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Don’t resent small beginnings! If God has given you the vision, resist discouragement. It may start out small but hold on. He may give you a glimpse of the end result. You may feel ready for that end right now, but you have to walk through each season of growth, preparation, and refining. Starting small allows you to GROW through the process.
If your heart has been stirred with expectancy, don’t let your expectation dwindle. Don’t let small beginnings hinder you. If God gave it to you, trust Him to bless it, grow it, and cause it to prosper and bear fruit.
**read the other posts in this series Write the Vision (2020) and The Limits of Your Best.
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