Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

A small beginning can lead to a big impact!

God’s Word to Zerubbabel through Zechariah went like this, “Do not despise these small beginnings” (Zech. 4:10).

This message was delivered to discouraged leader and a demoralized people who were trying to get back on their feet after a difficult transition. In his doubt, Zerubbabel needed this message from the Lord…

Start small and see what a difference you can make when I’m in it with you!

Small beginnings in our lives can make a big difference

I’m approaching this new year with a focus on the small beginnings — the ones I believe God is in on.

What’s your temperature as you begin 2020? Optimistic? Excited? Overwhelmed? Doubtful? Cautious? Determined? Expectant? Curious?

I’m approaching this year from a posture of stillness.

Truth is, I’ve picked STILLNESS as my theme for 2020 — my one word. I’m very aware that I need to cultivate and practice stillness if I’m going to keep from feeling overwhelmed in my outer world.

I also landed on one verse that will anchor that stillness in God’s promise. Psalm 46:10 is that one verse: “Be still and know that I am God.” I love how it goes in the Message,

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”

I’ve also added one habit to my daily routine so that one word and one verse can be lived out. I plan to go on an uncluttered walk every day in order to be quiet and let God speak, comfort, reassure, direct, and give me His rest.

One word.
One verse.
One habit.

What about you? Where are you wanting to see growth in your life, your relationships, your health, your ministry? What one word could capture that desire and hope? What one verse could anchor that one word in God’s promise to you? What one habit could turn that desire into an automatic response that strengthens you throughout the year?

How will you begin small this year and end up having a big  impact? Let me know what you hear God saying to you as you begin your year.

(Re-posted here with permission from the original blog post at


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