"Do not despise these small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin (Zec 4:10, NLT)."
I read a devotional from, The Word For You Today Devotional called, "What Season are you In"? The devotional talked about being in a season of small beginnings. My favorite passage from it says,
"Are you in a season of small beginnings? If you are, God says, "Do not despise these small beginnings (Zec. 4:10 NLT)." The richness and stability that comes from small beginnings and gradual success are more lasting than the temperamental theatrics of those who have never learned their vulnerabilities or developed a true sense of dependence on God."
I love the fact that the passage talks about the richness and stability that small beginnings give. Based on the scripture God knows us well enough to know that most of us dread starting over, and we dread when we must start over and then our efforts are small.
What can be even worse is when we have put a lot of time into something like our dream of having our own business, but the business fails, or we dream of finding that special someone but each person ends up not being who they say they are. We could have just failed at anything that really meant something to us and now we must start over and we feel like after all that we have been through we deserve a quick and grand beginning.
I get it. There are promises all over the place with people telling us how they lost 100 pounds in 30 days, how they found their love and got married after only knowing them for 3 months and how you can start a business and make $50,000 in less than 30 days. This is exaggerated of course but I'm sure you get what I am saying….lol.
But apparently, we need more than fast starts. We need a firm foundation. We need to learn ourselves and regardless of what is going on around us because of why we are starting over, we must learn to depend on God. We must learn to depend on Him for what we think we have lost or what we think we will lose while we are in the process that comes with the small beginning.
After being laid off from my contract job the end of last year I realized that although I was disappointed and the voices in my head tell me to rush back out there, I am blessed with the opportunity to re-establish who I am in Christ and to renew my trust in Him. It applies to starting my business and to my personal life.
This is not a time for rushing or panicking. This is a time to begin again, small and gradual. Things may not always be easy, but the Lord is going to keep things together until we reach our destination whether that be the new job, the new business, marriage or the baby that we have been praying for.
"He is before all things and in Him all things hold together (Col. 1:17)."
We have been given favor as a sign that we are headed in the right direction and it is also a little something to hold us until we make it to our dreams, so we cannot take it for granted.
So, for me a small beginning task might be taking some small action that I had never done before concerning starting my business like making an appointment at my local Small Business Association to request help from a business mentor or filling out an application to go to college to start my bachelor's in business administration. A small start can get your momentum going.
Father we thank you for small beginnings.
What about you? In what area are you starting over in gradually? Have you had to begin again in your business or somewhere in your personal life? What have you learned?
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