Read Zechariah 4:8-10 NLT We live in a culture that loves to celebrate conclusions. We love to watch championship games and season finales. We like seeing someone finish up their quest to lose 50 pounds or hear about the CEO who is now a billionaire after starting a business in his garage. We get captivated by results. We aren’t too impressed with beginnings…especially when they are humble beginnings. Before Nehemiah came to help rebuild the city walls, there was a guy named Zerubbabel who came to rebuild the temple that had been destroyed. As the rebuilding was taking place, many of the older Jews realized that this new temple would not be as big or as a nice as the previous temple. What they didn’t realize, though, was that this was a small beginning of the big things God was going to do in and through the city in the future. The people were instructed to not despise small beginnings because the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. There was still centuries of work to be done in order for the city to once again resemble what it once was, but it was a start. While most of us are obsessed with conclusions, God rejoices in beginnings no matter how small. It’s easy to be discouraged at the beginning of a long journey to where God has created us to be and where we want to be. There’s so much work and sacrifice ahead for us. There will be pitfalls and roadblocks. There’s no guarantee we will be able to finish. But, God knows that, if we never start, we will never arrive. God wants us to celebrate with Him our beginnings, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Because, after all, every great thing that happens in our lives starts out as something small. REFLECT: What’s a big goal that God has been giving you lately? Think about one small step you can make toward that goal. Take that step and celebrate with God that you’ve begun your journey. PRAY: If you can’t think of a big goal God has given you, talk to God about it today and ask Him to reveal one to you. If you can think of one, talk to God about your small beginning, celebrate it, and talk with Him about the things that worry or scare you that you might encounter on your way. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
READ THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT: Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 2]]>