Don’t despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. . . Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
We live in a world that shouts that big is best.
This is especially true in the world of blogging and writing. The message is clear: Go big or go home.
But is that the right message?
I don’t think so.
Starting small has some decided benefits.
You get the satisfaction of taking something from little to big (or medium or just a little bigger or whatever size God has called you to).
My husband used to work for one of the wealthiest men in America. The man started with nothing and built his empire from scratch. He had a sense of true satisfaction about his accomplishments.
Later he decided to give one of his businesses to his son, but the young man never had the same level of confidence as his father because he had received everything by virtue of his lineage, not through hard work.
I believe God made us to enjoy taking on a challenge and succeeding with it.
You can build a strong foundation.
Starting small gives you the opportunity to make sure that every aspect of your venture is built on a solid foundation with no cracks or holes in it. Then it will last and stand the test of time. Building deep slowly is better than building wide quickly. If whatever you’re doing does one day become big, the foundation will be there to support it. Whereas a shoddy foundation runs the risk of crumbling beneath a weighty load.
It’s more manageable to start small.
By starting small and simple, it’s less expensive in money, time, and talent. You can build little by little and add things as needed, rather than getting overwhelmed from the get go.
This also gives you an opportunity to learn all aspects of the work before delegating it away.
Less people know about your mistakes.
You will make mistakes! It’s part of the learning process. Better to make them quietly, discreetly, and with few people watching than to broadcast them to the world. Think of celebrities who have messed up big time and how hard it is to recover when the whole world is watching. Better to make mistakes when your venture is small and unknown. Get the big ones out of the way early and it will mean less trouble as things grow.
You can be personable when things are small.
I have numerous friends who have become famous writers. Back in the day when we were all starting out, we could call one another, email, get together, and it was no big deal. But these days I’d be hard pressed to contact any of those old friends. They are too hard to reach!
Starting small allows you to build relationships. You can be accessible and available in ways you might not be later on down the road. You can nurture real friendships rather than simply accumulating followers.
Too often we focus on the destination rather than enjoying the journey. Where you are today is not where you will be tomorrow or five years or a decade from now. What you diligently put your hand to will grow and change with time. But you need to enjoy the process. As the scripture says, don’t despise the day of small beginnings. It’s a blessing to start small!
Is there some area of your life where you are still in the beginning stages? If you’ll tell me about it in the comments, I’d like to pray for your venture.
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