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Small Beginnings Are Still Valuable – Happy December 1st!

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Happy December 1st! Another new day and new month. Did you know there’s a Bible verse that says, “Do not despise small beginnings”? It’s found in Zechariah 4:10 in reference to new work beginning and then continuing to completion. This is thought-provoking.

Consider how life begins, from the seeds planted in the ground, to the conception and life cycles of animals and humans. Small beginnings. Yet under normal and healthy growing conditions, small beginnings lead to new forms of life. Another perspective is how now established authors all started with that first published work, or how now successful businesses began with that first project or assignment. We all have to begin somewhere, and it’s usually that small beginning we should not despise!

 

 

 

Here’s your inspiration for this first day of  December!

“You are probably believing God

 for something to come to  pass in your life.

If you look, you will find evidence

of a small beginning.

God gives you seed–

something that causes you to hope.

Rejoice over that seed.

It is a sign of greater things to come.

When you despise something,

you regard it lightly.

You count it as nothing

and don’t take care of it.

But if you don’t take care

of what God has given you,

you will lose it.

You need to be content during the small things.

You know the Lord is the Author and Finisher

(see Hebrews 13:2).

What he begins, He completes

(see Philippians 1:6).

Don’t curse your seed

by complaining or proclaiming

negative things over it.

Instead, say,

‘Lord, this is only a little thing,

 but thank You for giving me some hope,

something to hold on to.

Thank You, Lord, for a beginning.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

I am so thankful for all the small beginnings in my life recently! I anticipate greater things to come to fruition from these small beginnings. It’s an exciting journey!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Can you identify some small beginnings in your life?

Have you seen greater things materialize from small beginnings?

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[Please note: I mentioned in my last post that I would provide an overview and reflection of November’s Gratitude Challenge … I will do that tomorrow, December 2nd. I wanted to start this new month with talking about new beginnings! 😉  ]

5 Comments

  1. Annette

    Great perspective! Taking things one day at a time in the small things I have been able to accomplish many things I didnt know I could. Like learning to garden 🙂
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    02 . Dec . 2016
  2. Dr Mariette Jansen

    We forget to appreciate the first steps as we are often too attached to the outcomes. The first step into the future, not knowing what the outcome will be, can be difficult to enjoy if the validation of it comes from the result. Shame, because this attitude robs you of the experience of an unknown process and that is very exciting. Regardless of the ultimate outcome. Be in the moment and enjoy the present as a present
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    02 . Dec . 2016
  3. Kevin Skinner

    Wonderful and inspirational post. Not to mention an invaluable read for anyone beginning any new project.

    02 . Dec . 2016
  4. Harmony Vuycankiat

    This is great! I have been getting so much confirmation in my life lately to go along with this verse in Zechariah. Thank you for this encouragement!
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    02 . Dec . 2016
  5. Alana

    Yes, I’ve seen small beginnings in action. It can be an amazing thing. Even raising children – that is the best kind of (literal) small beginnings, is it not?
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    04 . Dec . 2016

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