The Greatness of Small Beginnings: Nehemiah Notes

God’s very best to you as you kick start 2019; I hope this post provides some inspiration for setting goals and priorities, and for taking steps of faith during this New Year ahead!

And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Exodus 12:1‭-‬2 KJV

CONSIDER FOR A MOMENT DREAMS OR GOALS you’ve had that have been accomplished.

Think back on those achievements or successful experiences that are the most meaningful for you to remember. I’m willing to guess that more than one of them had a rather tentative, inglorious start.

When we look carefully at the path that led to a personal success, we often realize that it began with a modest step forward, that in time reaped a much discouragement greater harvest than we anticipated.

Such small first steps might include:

An awkward first visit to a church singles group, which led to meeting the person you married.

A hesitant phone call to ask someone out, or to inquire about a job opportunity, which received a much more positive response than you expected.

An application for a job or proposal, written with a sense of futility, thinking you’d probably be better off spending your time doing something else. Yet to your astonishment, the grant was given, and significant doors have now opened through that one effort.

A business venture begun with a paltry investment that succeeded far beyond your expectations.

A reconciled relationship, now going strong, which began with a simple request for forgiveness.

With the eyes of hindsight, we look back to such starting efforts with awe and gratitude.

We realize there was greatness in that moment of small beginning that we didn’t begin to appreciate at the time.

We may shudder, too, to think of how close we came to not taking that one initial step that opened such important doors.

A Reason for Optimism

Unfortunately, the benefit of the small beginning is often lost on us when we face the possibility of embarking on a new dream.

The effort it would take to pursue it seems massive; we’re overwhelmed with the impossibility of it all. There seems to be little or nothing we can do to move forward.

To the eyes of faith, though, there is a world of difference between “little” and “nothing.” Often there is something we can do–some obvious first step we can take. This may be exactly what is needed to put the wheels of faith in motion.

For one thing, we shouldn’t underestimate the value that taking any initial step toward a goal has upon us psychologically.

Suddenly our psyche is committed, and we become more alert to opportunities that will move us toward our dream. Others become more aware of our intentions as well and are more likely to try to help us.

Yet the spiritual aspect of taking the first step is even more important.

The seemingly insignificant small beginning often gets much closer to the heart of the biblical idea of going forward in faith than we realize.

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)

Zechariah 4:10 NLT


We shouldn’t neglect the benefit of a small beginning in any venture of faith and Getting Started Toward a Goal Makes All the Difference.


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