Small Beginnings Lead to Big Victories!

 

Yesterday, the bathrooms had to be scrubbed.
Tomorrow is laundry day so tomorrow night is dedicated to ironing.
Mr. 4-Ever wants to eat again today,
which means grocery shopping and more cooking.

Just to be clear,
this is not how I prefer to spend my days.

I want to pray, study, and worship God.
I want to teach Bible study to women who love and/or need Jesus.
I want to write great talks to deliver to women desperate for Good News.
I want to create captivating books for women to read
so they can be inspired and energized and reengage with God.

But here I am …
cooking, cleaning, and ironing.

Doing the ordinary stuff.
Doing the boring stuff.
Doing the familiar stuff.

There’s a little verse in Zechariah 4:10 that says,
“Do not despise these small beginnings,
for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,
to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

Zerubbabel,
a descendant of King David,
was chosen to lead some 60,000 exiles back to Jerusalem
to rebuild the temple after King Cyrus of Persia overthrew the Babylonians
and allowed the Israelites to return to Judah.

The workers built their homes and planted their gardens.
Then they got to work on the altar and foundation of the new temple.

Work progressed rapidly, but the building process faltered
when grumbling, deception and fear gripped the workers.

Construction of the temple stopped for 16 years!

Is that what happens with your
Big dreams?
Big goals?
Big plans?

I’m not talking so much about your bucket list but
I’m wondering about the big call on your life.

That thing that makes you hopping mad or
brings you to tears or
makes your heart beat faster
when you think and talk about it.

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 who needs a jump
and your house that needs cleaning and
and your marriage that needs a spark of romance and … 

The work on your vision STOPS.

 

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 judgement seizes us.

Zerubbabel got a fresh start when
God partnered him with Zechariah and Haggai.
Together, they reenergized the workers and dispelled their fears.

After a fresh start,
the whole temple was completed in four years!

Does your big dream/goal/project need to be reignited?

Don’t be discouraged by the distractions of life.

The neigh sayers.
The slow starts or the
interruptions of your everyday.

You can hear God’s excitement about Zerubbabel getting back to work in Zechariah 4:10b,
“… for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,
to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

If you got derailed or
detained or
distracted or
even temporarily
disinterested,
Don’t despair.

It’s not too late for you to get back to work on that dream/goal/plan.

Small beginnings lead to big victories!

Your child raised well.
Y
our 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 your
big dream/goal/plan.

I’d love to hear what you’re working on.
Tell me in the comments below.

Scripture Refresher: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 6:10-11 (NIV)

Prayer: Father, you know what you made me to do and you put this big dream, goal or plan in me. Help me to partner with you to bring it to life.  Amen