I don’t know about you but it’s only 20 days into January and I have already lost my motivation for a fresh start this year.
It’s been a crazy 3 weeks here in our home between snow days, COVID sickness in our family, and lack of energy.
This morning I was reminded of the verse in Zephaniah 4:10 “Do not despise the day of small beginnings.”
So I decided I was going to go against my urge to wait until Monday to start over fresh as if there’s something magical about Monday.
Instead while still wearing my pajamas I’m going to declare this the “day of small beginnings”. I will lean into His strength and gather the motivation to walk forward with my intentions for the new year.
Sometimes we need to remember God is able to make things new even on a cold snowy Thursday (even when it’s 20 days past January 1st). Though my beginnings are small I serve a big God.
Friends let’s not despise the day of small beginnings. (Zechariah 4:10)
The Day of Small Beginnings
This verse is found in the book of Zechariah. In this passage, Zechariah reminds the returned exiles of Israel who are building God’s temple not to despise the day of small beginnings.
We are told this temple will one day be great. It also looks to the coming of Christ and His second coming. Reminding us the day of big things is coming through Christ’s ultimate reign so in the meantime let’s not forget the day of small beginnings.
I found it interesting after the exiles laid the foundation to the temple the young people rejoiced but some of the elderly people who remembered Solomon’s amazing temple wept at the sight of this small one.
Comparison is the thief of joy and it gives birth to discontent in our hearts. It affected the exiles then and we see it rob our motivation today.
Let’s not compare ourselves with others nor compare our present to our past experiences.
The people of God got lost in comparisons and forgot what actually makes the temple great–it’s God’s presence. They couldn’t see all the hands at work for God’s glory nor the obedience and desire to honor God through building the temple they simply saw the size.
Though this passage is not about comparison it does remind us how blinding comparison can be. Let go of comparison and be amazed by our big God who uses small things. God works in our small beginnings!
So let us bring our offerings to God and rejoice in small beginnings on a simple day like Thursday.
Speaking of New Beginnings
Speaking of new beginnings. What if this year you invested in becoming stronger in your faith, heart, and mind?