Beginning Again

In Christianity on November 2, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Re-starting regular posts to one’s blog is not unlike re-starting our walk with Christ. When we fall, the tendency is to stay down; to quit; to give it up, because the effort was difficult.

September and October were difficult months, in terms of schedule, for my family and me. We had numerous travel obligations (California, Washington DC), as well as a major renovation going on that affected our living quarters and home office. Regardless how frequently I thought about Christianity Richly—the richness of God’s mercy often prompted those thoughts—the opportunities to post were limited.

Zechariah 4:10 cautions us against those who are scornful of small beginnings. That has some application, perhaps, to re-starting regular posts to this blog.  Today is my day of small beginnings. But the principle applies much more broadly.  Don’t make the mistake of “despising the day of small things,” as another English translation renders the verse. Don’t despise the day of small things in your life, nor be scornful of small beginnings in the lives of others.

Some time ago I read a quotation for which I did not note the source (if a reader of Christianity Richly knows the source, I’d be grateful), but I penned the quotation at the top of my prayer journal:  “The Saints arrived at their destination one day at a time.” God is faithful to support us in striving for Christlikeness; for holiness.  “The One who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

Do today’s activities seem inconsequential to you?  Does the next step you need to take toward holiness seem ordinary—almost too small or too mechanical to be worth making the effort? Never!  Remember the torrential rain, after Elijah’s victory over the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:44-45) began from a cloud “as small as a man’s hand.”

So, let’s get up.  Get going!  Let none of us be scornful of small beginnings; the day of small things. May God shower upon us the will, the strength, and the encouragement to move forward; to take the next step, even if it is a small one, in our Christian lives. Together, let’s begin again.

  1. I can soooo relate to this. Between the various things on my schedule keeping me busy and periods of time with very few ideas, posting regularly is quite a challenge. Sometimes I’ll have a bunch of things to post on within a week and then I might go several weeks or even a month without posting.

    Great advice…not to “be scornful of small things.” I felt the same way…here I go again…hope I can keep this up for more than a few days. But whatever I DO write is for God’s glory and so I need to just step back and rejoice in that.

  2. Day of Small Beginnings

    When the time comes, when the seed is sown
    will we wait for the tending
    will we keep what is grown?
    Will we see to each measure
    as each measure appears
    when its time comes?

    When the time comes, when the fruit is full
    will we wait for its falling
    will we keep our hearts’ calling?
    Will we see to each measure
    as each measure appears
    when its time comes?

    When the time comes, when hearts’ garden is gathered
    what we’ve waited for,waits
    what we’ve kept, now calls
    What we’ve seen in small measure
    is now seen beyond all
    when our time comes

    from Breakers of the Hedge – Parting Words 2001-2003

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