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For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the Lord, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”

~Zechariah 4:10
Small things, new beginnings, little steps forward–what do they have in common?

They are hard for others to see. These small things are almost impossible for me to see! Consequently, it’s easy to not continue them, and nobody will be the wiser.


No, not actually. First of all, God tells us to not despise the small beginnings. Apparently, He cares when we make little steps forward. That’s really good news!

And I know/you know, in your case. When we make a positive step, or decide on new beginnings, whenever that occurs, we actually make a tiny little pathway in our brains.

It’s like walking through the tall grass for the first time. It’s hard, it’s messy, and it wants to feel discouraging. The old familiar path is so much easier. But the view from the new path may be just what we desire!

Despise not new beginnings

Once we take the path again, it’s slightly more easy, but hardly noticeable. Day after day, trudging through the weeds and brambles, we will start to see a faint footpath emerging. And if we keep at it, we might discover beauty we’d never have found on the main road.

What’s more, that new path will inspire others, and they also can experience the joy. Here’s where the analogy ends, though, because even though your new path may inspire others, they ultimately have to forge a new path alone. Baby feet in sand

Your new beginnings in whatever area will still have a trickle down effect on others, even if it’s just them noticing how you’ve pressed on.


I have good news.

You don’t have to execute your new small beginnings perfectly to succeed. Consistency is best, but don’t beat yourself up and quit if you slip.

Some steps are better than no steps.

Progress, not perfection.

I just encourage you, with whatever area you’re wanting to see change in:

Despise not small beginnings!


Small beginnings baby feet in sand

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  1. Such a helpful reminder! We can so easily get caught up in all of the big things we need to get done, it’s so important to acknowledge those small steps that move us forward too!

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