Imagine a newborn baby, he’s fresh into the earth but he’s disappointed. He’s upset because he’s small and hasn’t accomplished anything yet. He makes this grand entrance into the earth but he can’t walk or talk and he has to be held all the time. He’s frustrated and possibly plotting his big escape because he’s got a lot to do and no one understands him. His cries aren’t cries of hunger, they’re cries of despair—he wants out of here, now! He has big plans and all the ‘big people’ are holding him back.
Sounds crazy, right? His life has only just begun and he’s got a lot to learn before he can even begin to know what disappointment is. But, how often do we start something and check out early because it’s not the success we saw it being? Meanwhile, it’s only been a few days, weeks or even months. What if, like a baby, that dream needs time to grow. What if we just need to nurture it; hire a team, take a class, make some adjustments or rethink the plan?
Just like babies need time to grow, so it is with our dreams, visions and goals. Success doesn’t happen overnight, if it did—we’d all be there. The truth is, lasting success takes time—but it is achievable. How? Through patience, time and nurture. Most importantly, choosing to stick with it no matter what. Small dreams don’t have to stay small, they all grow at some point—if you stick it out and allow them to.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.) (Zechariah 4:10)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6)