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.
‘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”
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!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Can you identify some small beginnings in your life?
Have you seen greater things materialize from small beginnings?
[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! 😉 ]