"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

Small Beginnings

“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”  – Zechariah 4:10

A journey of a thousand miles can start with a single step.  A year starts with a day. A life starts with a birth.  A relationship starts with a simple hello.  A walk with God starts with a single decision; a step of faith.  God has already given you favor today, so if He has chosen you for a certain task, or given you a promise, walk into it with confidence. (Psalm 90:17)

 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” – Psalm 37:23

Sometimes you have to start small and work your way up to accomplish big things.  You can’t expect to get from A-Z in a flash; anything worth something takes work.  If you start with a dream, and take the first step of faith, that’s all that is required.  You may not see things take place right way, but it will surely come to pass.

“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.” – Habakkuk 2:3

If you want to write a book, you have to start with the first page.  Don’t fret if the end is not in sight, it will come.  Sometimes it helps to write out your vision on paper, and track your progress.

“And Jehovah answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it.” –  Habakkuk 2:2

For a while I got used to writing down my prayers in a journal.  It felt powerful, like I was drafting up a contract for God, and praying for Him to consider it.  I put the journal away after a while, as it lost it’s novelty and forgot about it.  What I realized down the road, after digging up that dusty old journal….was that God had answered EVERY ONE of those prayers, and still continues to answer some.  He is faithful, and doesn’t forget a single thing you ask of Him.  (1 Thessalonians 5:24)  When we speak out our prayers they are equally powerful; however, there is something solid and faith filled about writing them down.  I believe God honors this as an act of faith.

You may not be exactly where you want to be right now, but you will get there.  One day God will make you the head and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13)  You have to be prepared for certain tasks.  You would never become a surgeon without training for years about how the body works.  Colonel Sanders had to knock on many doors before he got an order.  You may have to knock on many doors before you find the right door to success, but there is a door waiting for you that no man can close.  (Revelation 3:8)   Sometimes you have to take joy in the small tasks on the way, for every task is important in the kingdom of God, and are necessary for our growth.  It’s the little things that sometimes prepare us for the bigger things.  But in essence there are no small things.

“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things, I am tempted to think there are no little things.” – Bruce Barton

If you have tried and failed, believe that each step is closer to perfection.  Thomas A Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” 

We should keep striving until the day we are made perfect.  We should always have something to press forward to in this life, we aren’t meant to sit still.  Without vision and purpose we perish.  (Proverbs 29:18)

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” – Philippians 3:12

 



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