“For who has despised the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10)
Despise not small beginnings…
A classic bit of wisdom for anyone doing anything of use. Since nothing can be done well unless it is first done poorly, we ought never to look with disdain on imperfection. It is the womb and birthplace of all things great. Less will lead to more! Having the courage to give ones whole heart into what we know will later be criticized and seen as less, requires vision and humility.
We can all look backward. Remember that amazing cellphone you desperately wanted a few years ago. Today it is considered a relic, an outdated piece of stale technology which belongs to the past, along with former hairstyles and fashion choices. Yet, that outdated technology is a critical bridge.
It’s not enough to envision some distant goal, there will be incremental stages along the way. All to often we want to take shortcuts to success. In the name of doing something well or excellent, many do nothing but wait and hope. But success is carved on the threshing floor of failure or partial success. It is apprehended by those who are willing to endure the ravages of condescension from those who worship at the altar of another man’s success. Embrace what is less, it is the path to what is more.
Have courage to venture and throw yourself fully into the passion God is giving you. Yet, do it knowing it is one step of many. For like technologies riding the cutting edge of innovation each and every previous generation is a necessary counterpart; an albeit lesser version, but the ground on which one reaches what is celebrated tomorrow.
The moral is… build what you can with what you have but never believe it’s the last or final version! Be willing to do what is insignificant. The best is yet to come! Despise not small beginnings!