Sept. 2, 2012
The Bible plainly states in Zechariah 4:10 (reading from the King James Version):
‘For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.’
The vision we have starting out might be great, but don’t despise small beginnings. Whether we are building a ministry, a school, a non-profit, or a business there is often a great desire to speedily become large; or to quickly expand into the stratosphere.
The truth is that when we take a bold step of faith by creating some form of organization (be it a corporation, church, or clinic), the fear of failure looms over vision of success. We often proclaim, “What if I fail; then what?”
If we fail then we study our failure and learn from our mistakes. We consult the Lord in prayer. Most importantly, we GO BACK AND TRY AGAIN!
Remember, failure is not the end, it is just an obstacle. As long as we are breathing and have as the old folks use to say, “A reasonable portion of health and strength;” we can start over.
So, how do we handle small beginnings?
We view small beginnings as a learning-curve to great success. When we start small the mistakes are not as damaging and far-reaching as when we are large. True, they can cost us a lot of money, depending on the mistakes, but imagine what happens when a CEO of a major company makes a mistake.
When a CEO or leader of a large organization makes a mistake it has far reaching affects. Thousands of people may be laid-off; or tens of thousands of people may lose vital services. It is as if the burdens of the world are on their shoulders. When someone leading a small organization, however, makes a mistake, it usually only affects them.
Use small beginnings to get your strategies and plans for success right. Hone your skills and lay a foundation for something that could have eternal results. Ask God for ways to shape your organization into something that magnifies and glorifies Him. This may bring God’s blessing.
Remember: When the praises go up, the blessings come down! Psalm 150:6 says, “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.”
But here is something else for us, found in psalm 145 and verse 4:
‘One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.’
This suggests that God will establish the work of our hands in the Earth.
Therefore, we must consider our visions and realize that what we are building might, in fact turn-out to become insignificant or it might be the next Microsoft or Medical Center, or even the next Billy Graham Ministries. We won’t know until we start to work the vision that God has given us. A-men