Small Beginnings!

18 Jun

Small Beginnings

Mighty Oak Tree

“The Mighty Oak was once a little nut that stood its ground!”~unknown

No matter what you want in life or who you are, great strides begin with the first small step!  I often encourage readers to step out and go for their dreams, but as I encourage you my readers, I also give myself the same pep talk!  In my own life I have felt as though at times that I waited or hesitated to make the small steps of faith it took for me to do what was in my heart.  I often felt because I had hesitated that certain dreams would not come true.  What a lie from the enemy! It may take me longer to accomplish certain dreams because of my hesitancy, but the dreams are still alive and waiting!  What I have found, even in my times of hesitancy is that God is always ordering my steps! I can truly delight in my way!

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”  –  Zechariah 4:10 NLT

Have I arrived?  My answer is a resounding NO, I am not where I want to be yet, but most importantly, is that GOD is not through with me yet either!  I have many dreams yet to be fulfilled that are way too “BIG” for me, however, it amazes me that now I can see the importance of so many of the small, seemingly “insignificant” steps that I have had to take and will continue to take every day! Yes I said every day.  I have determined to take a few small steps toward my dreams every single day.  This blog is an example.  For instance I am a published author, but I want to be an author who really encourages others.  I start out each week preparing my blogs, which may seem like a small thing to some, but to me it gives me experience and discipline, but more importantly when I finish a blog, I feel as though I have made a great stride toward my dreams!

“Don’t despise the little steps you know you can take every day. There are tiny miracles in each and every one of them.” ― Israelmore Ayivor, The Great Hand Book of Quotes

I sit here today having gained several years of valuable experience, yes even a little wisdom and knowledge along the way as to how to accomplish a few small steps toward my “Big” dreams. I am not being boastful, however, because the more I learn, the more I realize I have so much more still to learn!  Experience has been an excellent teacher.  When I first began trying to take small steps, I would go by a lot of trial and error as to what worked for me and what didn’t.  I am sure I had way more errors than victories.   Eventually I was able to realize what worked for me in some things, but still am testing things in others.  One bit of wisdom I think I can pass along is what works for others may or may not necessarily work for you even if you do it the exact same way!  I love to read other success stories as to how this famous person did this thing or that.  I can use their experiences as a model, but my walk or dream is still different from theirs, so I still have to forge my own way.  However, I think what has helped me when I read about other successful people and how they have become successful is that I can avoid certain missteps if I use their experiences.

In closing this blog today, the number one thing I must stress is that we certainly want to have our “Big” dreams, but the most important “Big” step is to enjoy the journey.  Enjoy what is present and now!  Realize that even though the steps may seem small, that they are really the big steps that are teaching you how to live the rest of your life.  I love the following quote:

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”-Robert Brault

It is vital to my happiness and fulfillment to realize how that the Lord has blessed me right now, this very day.  Yes, I can look back to where I started, and even look forward to where I want to go, but to me the most important thing is that my  joy is not based on what I will be or who I was,  but rather who I am.  I want to be grateful for what the Lord has blessed me with right now!  At the end of my journey when I have accomplished all that I was supposed to on this earth, I want to know that everything small or great that the Lord did for me, gave to me, helped me to do etc., will indeed add up to the “Big” thing that He purposed my life for!

  

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