I know, I know, it’s been too long. I have missed connecting with each of you every week–a lot has happened since my last post and believe me when I say, my life has been rich in blog moments. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll get caught up.
I have been doing a lot of praying about the next steps for this blog and after my husband’s timely message, I am going to be adding a new element to this page– Monday Morning Commentaries. Every Monday, I’ll post a quick blog about the message that is shared at Influence Culture on Sunday.
I know it’s going to be valuable and helpful as you face our beloved, Monday each and every week.
So here goes.
Yesterday, BJ (my husband) shared a message entitled, “Small is BIG.” He began by explaining how you and I each have a desired end, a goal, a place we wish we were, a status we hope to have, etc. He went on to say that many of us see where we are and our desired place seems like light years away.
People we admire or glean from, whether it’s their family dynamic, financial status, spiritual journey or let’s be real, their six pack and beach bod seems to be out of this world-never going to happen for us. We desperately desire to know the “secret” to their success, when in actuality, where we are and where we want to be is not one BIG, crazy leap away, but instead, it’s in the small steps.
It’s doing these small things consistently that produce big results.
What happens though is that the small things aren’t always filled with excitement and wonder. They’re often times very ordinary, very underwhelming. The little things don’t prove to have a BIG impact right away-often times discouraging us to keep going.
So we give up, throw in the towel and turn back before we ever see the return on our daily, small but meaningful investments.
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Zachariah 4:10
I have heard this scripture about a thousand times, especially on this church planting journey. My friends, pastors and mentors have encouraged me over and over using this scripture. But a light bulb went off in my spirit.
Not only should we not despise the small beginning, but it says that our God rejoices in them!
God is excited about our beginning. If He is excited, then we should be also.
Where do you desire to be in this stage of your life? Maybe you wish you owned your own home but your credit isn’t good. Rather than being overwhelmed with how impossible it seems for you to ever own your own home, take the first step. Whether that’s cutting up credit cards, eating at home more often, or paying off the smallest debt you owe.
We compare our beginning to someone’s middle.
When we do take the first step, when we set out on our journey, let us be concerned with our story and avoid the temptation to compare our beginning to someone’s middle. Comparison will be the destroyer of us rejoicing in our beginning.
And…. Let us remember that although it is up to us to take the first step. Our desires, hopes, dreams and goals do not happen because of our strength but instead, by His spirit.
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Zachariah 4:6
What first step can you take today?
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