Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

Do not despise these small beginnings” Zechariah 4:10

Are you familiar with the saying ‘go big or go home’?  It is apparent that our society has embraced this philosophy that bigger, flashier, louder is better. People are neglecting their health, their relationships, and their spirituality in the constant pursuit of ‘bigger is better’. This is especially true of the Christmas season – ornate trees, extravagant light displays, expensive gifts.

I am a big proponent of handmade gifts. Nothing extravagant – a handmade card, an ornament, a bookmark. I do not do much baking, so receiving a plate of cookies or a homemade fruit cake (yes, I like fruitcake) is greatly appreciated. I also enjoy the simple gift of meeting a friend for a holiday cup of coffee or cocoa.

“Sometimes making cakes might just unlock a miracle” (Lectio 365).  Our culture looks down on the simple and the unpretentious. However, the simple and the unpretentious often unlocks a miracle. Jesus came to earth in the simplest and most unpretentious manner; born in a stable and laid in a manger.

Do not despise small beginnings.

Dear Father God, I ask that you release me from the influence of my culture that bigger, flashier, louder is better. Help me not to undervalue my contributions to the work of your kingdom. Let what the world views as small beginnings be what you use to unlock miracles. In Jesus name, Amen.

Written by Reenie Peppers

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