Getting started in doing something for a great many people can seem sometimes very overwhelming. Whether its reading, driving a car as a young teen, or starting your first real business or ministry, the thoughts of it can consume you and cause you to question your abilities and sanity.
What I find to be so helpful to me in anything I do is to start small. There are many who think starting small is for sissies. They say things like, “Go big or go home,” or “Bigger is better!”But, Zechariah 4:10 begins by saying in the Amplified bible, “Who [with reason] despises the day of small things?” There is a value in starting things small.
- Build Track Record: Starting small allows for you to be able to establish and build a track record that is proven, thus you earn credibility and a reputation for success. If people don’t know what you’re capable of, it’s less likely they will support you should you desire to reach out to them. Joseph could be trusted with all of the wealth of Egypt because of the track record he had established at Potiphar’s House.
- Build Confidence: There’s nothing greater than the feeling that comes from a little bit of success which can be found in those small victories. How could David have ever seen himself facing Goliath, had it not been for the success he had with the lion and the bear?
- Foresee Obstacles: Think of it in this way. You can often know what to expect as you grow, when you’ve seen the history of what you’ve already done. Certain things become foundational for you in order to build upon to get you to that next level.
Even when taking on a large task or goal it’s always a good idea to pace yourself, through preparation and doing things incrementally. The bible essentially says that the true wisdom is in counting the cost of a project before taking on the task of doing it, else run in to the problem of not completing it with success. Regardless of whatever you face, don’t be afraid of starting small.
Question: What have you found helpful in getting things started?