Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
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I borrowed this from a new Girlfriends in God devotion:
It’s Okay to Start Small This Year
Jan 11, 2021 | Holley Gerth
As I consider this new year I’m thinking of our pair of geese because I am prone to grand resolutions and big plans. I write down in my journal that this will be the year I do all the things. I focus on the outcome and get frustrated when my progress is small or slow.
But Zechariah 4:10 says, “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” As a prophet and priest, Zechariah is speaking to the people of Judah, who have recently returned from exile in Babylon. They’re rebuilding the Temple, a huge task that likely seemed overwhelming and discouraging at times.
Yet God tells them through Zechariah that He isn’t just focused on the final result, the small beginning brings Him joy too. God also reminds His people that the work doesn’t depend on them. A few verses before the one above says, “It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit (Zechariah 4:6, NLT).
First, instead of only thinking of the ultimate goal, which might be months away, I want to pause and ask, “What’s one small step God is asking me to take today?” Sometimes this will mean embracing the quiet and the waiting, letting patience have its way and do its work.
I also, most importantly, want to ask God to be the one who equips and empowers me. My typical strategy is “do more, try harder” but God’s invitation to us is, “strive less, trust deeper.” Like the people rebuilding the Temple and the goose on her nest we’re all part of the process. On the days when progress is slow and so much feels beyond our control, we can rest in knowing our role is obedience; God’s role is results.
It is the desire of my heart and, I believe, to create a Discipleship ministry that not only brings non-believers into faith in God but also to equip believers with the tools to do that bringing. As we pray about the direction and God's will in this, we welcome you to share your thoughts, ideas, prayers, and willingness to be part whether it be in prayer, action, or funding. I am confident that God will use us well and bringing even just one into relationship with Him will be worth it.
In His love always,