Start small and build!
Except in the face of contrary leading, this is good advice. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur, a rising athlete, leader or coach; whatever it is that you are aspiring to do or become a safe rule of thumb is, ‘start small and build’.
I know, I know, the prospect of starting small in pursuit of that awesome electrifying dream that’s in your heart can be a real buzz-kill. I mean, who wants to start small, when you can come out with a bang? It’s boring, truly uninspiring! But you and I know the truth. We both know that the little bit matters, that starting out big and hoping for enduring success when you haven’t proven yourself faithful in and capable of that which is least can be quite tricky if not a real whopper!
Think about it for a while. When you are born, you are given birth to as a baby and the natural course of things is that you grow up into a full grown man or woman! And being an adult can be quite an exciting experience. But what if you were in such a hurry to get to that exciting and thrilling phase of adulthood that you skipped out on childhood, (the often confusing but unnecessarily so) teenage years and adolescence, your youthful days and bam! Instantly you went from being a dream of your parents to an exciting adult? You’ll agree with me that such a life would be without the natural flavor of life and well, quite impossible plus (assuming it were) there’d be the whole barrage of unresolved psychological and emotional issues to boot.
There’s a point to starting small. It helps you mature and maturity isn’t an overnight affair, it’s a journey. You not only get the delightful opportunity of watching your dream grow but you are also presented with the incalculable experience of growing up as a person! You get to mature at an optimal pace alongside inheriting the strengths, joy, and wisdom that come with it.
And just in case you are thinking this has no Scriptural basis, let me assure you that Scripture abounds with this admonition.
In Luke 16: 10 we are told, “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much”
Then there’s the parable in Mt. 13: 31, 32 about the kingdom of heaven which is likened to a mustard seed (a very tiny seed) which when it is sown, it becomes the greatest among herbs and is a tree big enough that birds of the air come and lodge in its branches.
Also, in Ex.23: 27- 30, when God was speaking about delivering the promised land to the Israelites He tells them that He will not drive out their enemies in one year lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against them but that He’d do it little by little until they are increased and inherit the land.
The point is, there is a natural course of things which, if boycotted may lead to unpleasant results. Following process, God’s process always yields amazing results. It may take a while but in the end, it yields. So whatever it is, don’t be discouraged, start small and build celebrating God’s goodness and faithfulness in the small; taking time to enjoy the growth process!