Don’t despise the day of small beginnings

“For who has despised the day of small things?” Zechariah 4:9

A friend of mine always says, “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” I think if possible many people would love to instantly shift out of the difficult parts of life and into the nice successful parts. No problems, no stress, no worries, no lack, no adversities…sounds nice doesn’t it? But do you actually realise what that means? It means no victories because you had no fights, no triumphs because you had no conquests and no success because there would never be anything for you to lose at. One of the things we gain from seeing our success increase is the knowledge of how far we’ve come when we look back. We learn what works, what doesn’t work, where our strengths and weaknesses lie and what other opportunities may be before us. For instance one of the greatest blessings of someone who painstakingly labours to lose weight is not necessarily the “fifty pounds” they lose as much as the sense of confidence and esteem gained from knowing they have and can achieve their target. To look back and see the gradual change over the previous months can be very encouraging.

I like the story of Richard Branson. Born in 1950, at the age of 17 he started publishing a student magazine. Three years later he founded Virgin as a record mail order company. He soon opened his first store in London’s Oxford Street. And in 1972 he formed the Virgin Records music label growing to be one of the world’s top six record companies in the 80s through popular artists such as The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson and Peter Gabriel. Since then the Virgin brand has expanded into flights, rail travel, retail, internet, drinks, hotels and leisure and finance. Richard Branson is a good example of someone who’s learnt to take small beginnings and expand them into greater horizons.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. Never take that first step for granted, no matter how small it might seem. What are the small beginnings in your life? What could be the small beginnings in your life? God’s will is that you expand from where you are. God will always give you a bag of seeds - the opportunities and possibilities of life. But for you not to despise the day of small things and rejoice in the future of great things there lies the blessing ahead.

God bless and protect

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


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