Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Small Beginnings

"Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings?" Zechariah 4:8

The first page was colored black--void of light, color, or shape--in the story of creation. That's how it looked before all life began. Then God imagined more and the Word spoke light into the darkness. A small, yet significant start to something bigger, more significant. And it was good.

God imagined more, added more, spoke more life into vast emptiness. Filling voids with sky, water, earth, plants, birds, fish, animals, man, woman--us. All was created--spoken into life by the Word--by Him and for Him. All began small.

In small beginnings lie hope, vision, promise for more God glory. Small lends itself to training, growth, maturity, and greater kingdom purposes. This lesson of small is where I'm living. Words spoken to me repeatedly since July, "Do not disdain the small." For with the smallest of seeds God's hands cultivate and multiply them into a great harvest, pressed down and overflowing.

When we hold a God-sized dream, we must be willing to accept the small beginnings and allow the small to birth the greater. Accept all opportunities as training and be assured that God will be faithful to complete the good work he began in you.

On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for all small beginnings:
In your quest to take small steps of obedience toward your God-given, God-sized dreams can you see the small beginnings He's placed before you? Would you share them with us?

On this Thankful Thursday won't you share what you are grateful for? We'd love to celebrate with you.

"...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:6

Lord, grant us patience and gratefulness in all our small beginnings. Through these times may we count them as blessings to hone our skills, spiritually mature and always bring glory to your name. Give us faith to believe that you will use all these experiences to complete the good work you began in us. Amen.


  1. I am thankful for wonderful girlfriends, whispered promises, reminders that float by in the most unexpected places if you allow your heart to be prepared to receive them, the gift of being present, my children, my job, the wonder of what is to come and the acceptance of right where I am in this very moment.

  2. mizzbrizz thanks for dropping in and sharing your gratitudes with us. I love "the acceptance of right where I am." We spend way too much time wondering about the future that sometimes we miss the joy of "now." Thanks for remnding me.