Every building has a first brick, every relationship the first “hello”, every reconciliation the first “I’m sorry” and every job the first day. When we start out on a new venture, vision or decide to finally pursue our dream, we have that rush of adrenaline and excitement. But sometimes discouragement can quickly come when you see the daunting task ahead of you. It can seem impossible getting from point A to B. Or maybe life’s circumstances have forced you to start over or rebuild all or part of your life. Lay-offs, divorce and financial devastation are common things that we face today, that make us rethink and regroup.
So how can we be encouraged when we have a long journey ahead of us, or we have been toiling away for what seem like forever but we don’t see a lot happening. Well, if you are tough as nails, and as strong as a rock you can lean on your own strength to get you through it. I however, along with many others don’t have that kind of strength, so I rely on the words that God has given us. Zechariah 4:10 reminds us that we can trust in small beginnings because he is there to help us. “ Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin….” He has given us an open door and wants us to walk through it. And the second verse I love about this is Job 8:7 – “ Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be”. You have started out, and it looks tough but you can’t give up or you won’t get to the end reward.
So don’t be discouraged, embarrassed or worn out over your humble beginnings. Just remember this:
“From little to much, from faith to sight, from expectation to realization– this is the way God works” 😉