Do Not Despise Small Beginnings
“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the LORD that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” (Zechariah 4:10, NIV)
When we decide to undertake new projects or dreams, we often get discouraged with the mere thought of getting started. We make the mistake of placing little value on the crucial beginning steps of a project. Sometimes our anticipation and desperation to complete things, makes us think that we can achieve great success with little effort. However, through biblical analysis, we learn to see the beauty in small beginnings. We must also enjoy the construction stage.
According to the Bible, Israel had a few years of glory with the beautiful construction of the Tabernacle that was constructed by Solomon in Jerusalem. That nation enjoyed the time of God’s presence. They also enjoyed the priceless beauty and immeasurable value of a unique architecture that represented the People of Israel. “The priests could not enter the temple of the LORD because the glory of the LORD filled it.” (2 Chronicles 7:2, NIV)
Due to rebellion and turning on God, the nations are attacked by the Babylonians, thus becoming their slaves. The beauty of the temple disappears because the city of Jerusalem was destroyed. Years go by and finally the cry of the people reaches God. He appoints Joshua as priest and Zerubbabel as king. They were to go and reconstruct the temple in that city. However, the little value they placed on the small beginning brought discouragement. They compared the glory and beauty of the previous temple, to the small beginning of the new temple. They were detained on the old glory and they didn’t want to make the effort to build a new one.
Perhaps there are new projects and dreams that you would like to begin. You cannot compare yourself to the glory or success that others have obtained. Doing so will bring you discouragement and emotional fatigue before you have even begun. You must be patient, firm and determined. Make the first step by realizing this is the most important step. You must think about those who are already great or have what you would like to have: a big house, a luxurious car, a better salary, a business, a diploma, a bigger church, a bigger family or more stability. You must remember that others have walked that path and decided not to be afraid to write their own story.
Sometimes people see the glory, but do not know the story. They admire the success of others, but do not know the small steps they took to reach the top. What a great truth! This is the opportunity to open up your own book and begin to write your highs and your lows. Include your mistakes and what you’ve learned. Give yourself a chance, if you spend time you will attain a certain level of success or trodden.
When we continue with the story of the people of Israel, Zerubbabel and Joshua (leaders in front of them), the work stopped, but God encourages them and tells them through his prophet Zechariah. “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone[a] in the hand of Zerubbabel?” (Zechariah 4:10, NIV)
You need to understand that when you begin a project, don’t waste your time and effort trying to make people understand. They probably will not understand. Many times you will only hear negative comments. Everyone won’t share your excitement to start your project, but it should encourage you to know that God blesses the small in order to build greater things in your life. He will be cheering you on through every step of the process, so that you can shine and achieve everything that you desire.
Enjoy every moment of the process, keeping in mind that you are at a level lower than you dreamt of. Don’t miss the value and the wonderful essence of the love and peace that you can find, that perhaps are not in the great palaces. Laugh within your small car, it may show wear and tear, or the small dents of life, but beep your horn with force. You can get from one place to another, and perhaps enjoy the rich aroma of the field. That big car will come one day, but in the small one you also look fine, laugh and listen to good music.
Learn to appreciate what you have, nothing starts big. God used small things to do great things. A staff, in the hands of a great Moses, divided the red sea; a small stone, in the hands of a small David, brought down a giant. They were not focused on the small, but on how powerful God is to convert the insignificance in a powerful weapon. Think about it, if you would have told somebody, hundreds of years ago, that it was possible for man to land on the moon’s surface, they would have laughed and thought you were crazy. However today, you know that someone began the journey and they reached the moon. Someone was not discouraged at the first failed attempt. They simply believed that someday it would be possible. John C. Maxwell said: “Your mission is to be better each day, than what you were yesterday, and you get there by focusing on what you can do today to improve and grow.”
One day Jesus was teaching the disciples and said to them: “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23, NIV) Those who only dream of reaching their goal without hard work, end up disappointed and disillusioned. One must know that they have to wait for seeds of greatness to grow. It doesn’t matter what you don’t have, but what you do with what you have.
This time lets you assess and give value to who you are and not what you have. The power of greatness is not in how much you possess. It lies in how much you invest in developing the character your dream, household, marriage, business, and/or your church.
You must give it time to grow. In the years to come you’ll have stability, but only if you took time to construct the correct foundation that’s appropriate for the load. In other words, it will never go under because it had a great start.
I encourage you to start working. Take the first step in starting the project or dream that you have, and go step by step. One day you’ll look back and you’ll realize that you are the motivation for others to have a small beginning. God will go in front of you, leading the way. “Winning starts with beginning.” –Robert Schuller.