I spend a lot of my days doing ordinary stuff. Boring stuff. Familiar stuff. I clean bathrooms. I wash clothes. I fix meals.
Sometimes it really gets to me, you know? I have big dreams of doing important things! As a speaker and writer, I dream of seeing thousands surrender to Jesus. I have big dreams of women breaking free of stinkin’ thinkin’. I have big dreams of infusing hope to the bowed down.
But sometimes those big dreams get lost in the day-to-day drudgery of life.
You too, right?
Doesn’t that happen to your big dreams, big goals, big plans? I’m not talking so much about your bucket list. I’m wondering about the big call on your life. The thing that makes you hopping mad or brings you to tears or makes your heart beat faster when you think and talk about it.
Maybe you have a vision to change the world, or at least your corner of it, but you get interrupted by
unexpected pregnancies, and babies who need changing, and toddlers who need training, and teens who need redirection, and your neighbor’s car that needs a jump, and your house that needs cleaning, and your marriage that needs a spark of romance. And your dream/goal/project sits dormant.
Facing down resistance
We lose momentum when we encounter resistance. We begin to complain and grumble. We falter when the tasks become hard or mundane. Fear of failure, rejection, and judgment seizes us and threatens to derail us.
That’s when we need to dig back in and start pursuing our goal again. There’s a little verse in Zechariah 4:10 that tells us not to despise small beginnings, because God celebrates when he sees us beginning the work. Beginning is just as important as accomplishing. Even if it’s slow and filled with interruptions, God wants us to get to work on that dream, goal, or plan.
Do you need to be reignited?
Don’t be discouraged by the distractions of life, the naysayers, the slow starts, or the interruptions of your everyday. If you got derailed or detained or distracted or even temporarily disinterested, don’t despair. Keep dreaming big dreams! Take as many fresh starts as you need.
Small beginnings lead to big things.
- Your child raised well.
- Your business flourishing.
- Your book completed.
- Your home renovated.
- Your church revived.
There is no shame in starting again . . . and again. Keep giving yourself fresh starts until you have accomplished that big dream, goal, or plan God has given you and created you for.
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Verse for today: Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. —Zechariah 4:10 nlt
Prayer: God, sometimes I can become so frustrated because I have big dreams but I feel like I’m stuck in the mundane routines of everyday life that keep me from pursuing them. Thank you for reminding me that small beginnings are nothing to be ashamed of, and that you rejoice in the work I start. Help me start—and keep pursuing—even if it’s in small steps along the way. Amen.