Well, it’s been a while since the last Life Verses post, hasn’t it? I got so caught up in sharing my travel adventures that I just never got back around to telling you about some verses that impacted me for a season of my life. In case you’re new here and don’t remember the previous Life Verses posts, let me catch you up on what’s going on. In Christian circles, it’s not uncommon to hear people saying they have a “life verse” or asking other what their “life verse” is. This would be a verse that has stuck with them throughout their Christian life. For me, there’s not just one verse that’s a favorite or dear to my heart: there’s several. Each one made an impact for at least a couple months of my life for the season I was in. In this series, I’m going back through verses that have been special to me and telling you what they mean to me.
This installment’s verse is Zechariah 4:10, which reads:
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”
I came across this verse almost one year ago now, when God called me to quit my job, focus on my blog, and write a book. (You can read that story here.) It was hard at first, because God had given me pictures of what He was calling me to and what it was going to be like, but as it was still just beginning, I didn’t see it in my everyday life. Well, I say it was hard at first; next month it will have been a year, and it’s still hard. I’m not seeing sustainable income from my blog, my friend that was writing the book with me pulled out and I have to kind of go back and scrap what we had written (about 3 chapters) so that I’m not plagiarizing, and I’m still doing college classes and living with my parents. It can be hard to see many of my friends getting married, having babies, going away to college, moving out, and getting jobs, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is what God has called me to, and He provides for His plans. So in this season, I have to remind myself not to get upset or discouraged at small beginnings when I’m looking for finished products, because God’s happy to see the work begin. It doesn’t matter how small of a beginning I have had when I’m serving the God who multiplies.
In fact, this month marks my blogging anniversary. I began blogging in September of 2011, so this month I celebrate seven years of blogging and begin my eighth. Eight is the number of new beginnings biblically, so I rejoice at this new beginning. Who knows how God is going to use my blog this year? Looking back at my stats, I had ten times as many views on my blog from 2017 as compared to 2016, and this year is gearing up to have one hundred times as many views as 2016. My God multiplies, so a small beginning is really just a launching pad for a miracle.
Sometimes I just have to step back and remind myself that small beginnings are to be celebrated because they are better than no beginnings. Small beginnings are to be celebrated because they mean the work has begun. Sometimes it takes writing a blog post like this to encourage myself and remind myself that I’ve begun, and God is with me.
I hope this encourages you also.
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