Do Not Despise The Day of Small Beginnings

Do not despise the day of small beginnings...

Do not despise the day of small beginnings…
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“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” (Zechariah 4:10)

So I’m on day 3 of launching my blog and for the first time, I’m finally realizing that building your dream is truly a full-time job. Building your dream requires a full investment of your hope, faith and courage. It truly requires you to stare at your fears and speak to them as Nehemiah spoke to his enemies. Nehemiah was in the process of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem when his enemies attempted to distract him by asking him to meet with them.  Nehemiah knew their request to meet with him was actually an attempt to halt his work so he replied by saying: “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.  Why should I stop this great work to come and meet with you?” (Neh. 6:3).  In effect Nehemiah was saying “No, I have a mission. I am focused. I must complete what I began and meeting with you will hinder my work.  A meeting with you is not worth my time.”  

In life, our goals are those great walls and fear is our enemy.  Fear’s job is to stop you in your tracks and prevent your progress.  Fear’s job is to stop the wall from being built–it’s job is to stop you from achieving your goals.

Yesterday evening, this scripture immediately came to mind when I logged onto my website to check the viewer stats for my blog.  When I announced the launch of my website on Wednesday afternoon, I had a whopping total of 189 pageviews. I read those statistics and refreshed the page to make sure I had not misread anything. I thought “wow, this is incredible!” I arrived home Thursday evening to check the stats and saw that I had much lower page hits.  I had 12 pageviews related to my post.  I thought “wow, only 12?  Quite naturally, I expected numbers similar to launch day.  I expected another 189 views.

Thoughts of fear and doubt slowly crept into my mind.  I began to wonder “am I doing the right thing?  Do people really care about the things that God places on my heart each day?  Do people genuinely “like” my posts when they hit that button?” So many thoughts and questions ran through my mind when suddenly, the verse in Nehemiah 6:3 came to mind.  In thinking about that scripture, I began to realize that I was allowing fear to speak to me.  I was allowing fear to control the work that God has called me to do; I was allowing fear to tear down my wall.

The truth about my blog is that, I honestly have no idea of what God is going to do with it.  I have no idea of where this blog will take me but, neither of these things are important because I am working for God and not for myself.  I didn’t begin writing to make myself look good. Most of all, I did not begin sharing for the purpose of obtaining “likes.”  I began writing to make God look good. I began writing to lead others to Him.  I began sharing the words inside of my heart so that I could encourage others to pursue what God has placed inside of their hearts.

After viewing Thursday’s statistics, I began to contemplate whether I should continue to post each day’s message on both Facebook and my blog.  I missed seeing all of those likes!  However, God reminded me that like Nehemiah “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.”  I cannot abort my mission and vision due to fear.  The reality is that, my blog is the beginning of a new chapter and a new season.  It’s the beginning of a new work.  It’s the beginning of a vision that I have set for myself and one that was inspired by God’s word.  I must be faithful to my vision by believing in it.  More importantly, I must remember that I don’t do my work for myself; I do God’s work for God.

In learning this lesson yesterday, I now realize that I must begin to do things in a new way during this new season.  If not, how will I ever experience the fullness of God?  Yes, there are still times when I may post a message on Facebook however, it’s time for me to begin a new work.  It’s time for me to fully invest in my dream of being an encourager, and being who God has called me to be.  It’s time for me to spread God’s message of love, hope and encouragement in a new environment and to those who may not know Him at all.  It’s time for me to begin this work and never come down…=)

7 Comments
  • Roselyn
    December 13, 2013

    Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Yesterday when I signed on to read your blog, I realized there was one comment I immediately asked myself maybe she should post on Facebook because there were more likes. logging on today and reading your post made me realize God really speaks to us. You are doing great for The Lord. As I was reading your message today I thought of the little boy in John 6:1-14 who’s 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes Jesus was able to feed 5000 people with. The little boy without knowing and a willing heart to give of what he had, God was able to feed a multitude. God sometimes works in silence and we do not see with our canal eyes or minds how he works but he is always at work and he is using you Erika as a tunnel. Just like the little boy who did not know his meal could feed many God had a plan John 6:6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.Your messages are feeding many without you seeing or knowing the impact because God has a plan for your messages. One person may visit and copy the massage which might extend to others but on the views it might show one but in reality it is more. Thank you for your messages God lays on your heart to share . He is working in silence!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 13, 2013

      Roselyn, you have no idea of how much you just blessed me today. Your message made me cry as I read the analogy of the little boy in John 6:1-14. Yesterday was rough but also humbling. It would be so easy for me to continue posting on Facebook but it’s the easy route and the easy way out. In realizing this, God revealed so much to me about trusting in Him and in His plan. As I mentioned on today’s post, I have no idea of what this blog will accomplish but I do know that God has a larger purpose behind it so I have to trust Him no matter what.

      In a way, I feel like I am starting all over and I have no comfort zone to go to–it’s either do the work or don’t do it…build the wall or let the wall fall on you. I have to be committed to building the wall. I have to show God that no matter what He gives me, I can be faithful; I can be steadfast in my faith; and I can keep His vision first place instead of my own.

      I never imagined that I would learn so many lessons from launching this blog! lol. Thank you so much again for taking the time to encourage me and to even post a comment. Blogging has given me a new appreciation for others comments and also for other bloggers. Blogging is truly one of the most humbling experiences ever and in many ways, it makes me think of the pastors who begin churches with small congregations.

      I am so thankful for meeting you. You continue to be a blessing to me my friend. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. I look forward to growing with you as I walk out my journey.

      Love,

      Erika =)

  • Courtney
    December 13, 2013

    Erika,

    Your work is too precious to be concerned with likes. Encouragement can come in so many forms and maybe this blog will help you carveout the specific niche God wants you to have. When I wrote the blog that I made on relationships the exact same thoughts you had came into mine. But I wrote the blog to help other women who were in similar situations that I had been in. The blog wasn’t about me. It was a seed. A ground to begin sewing in so I could learn lessons that God will use throughout my life. Allow yourself to write here freely. The ground here is fertile and God is blooming new flowers from which more beauty will be displayed in and through you. 🙂 love, Courtney

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 14, 2013

      Oh Courtney, your words mean so much to me. Thank you so much for tonight’s encouragement. I appreciate the way your words speak life into my spirit and uplift my heart. My favorite part of your comment is “the ground here is fertile.” It made me envision a large and wide green pasture without boundaries or limits. It made me think of my words of tiny seeds of which the crop will be harvested when the time is right. Thanks so much for pouring into me. It truly means a lot.

      I love you <3

      Erika

  • Courtney W.
    December 14, 2013

    You are so welcome friend! I love you!! 🙂

  • Chris Lee
    December 15, 2013

    Awesome post! Congratulations for raising the bar! Get the play on words. Wonderful insight into derailment attempts by the enemy, but God! Keep The Lord central and soar on wings of eagles!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      December 15, 2013

      Thank you so much Chris! And I love the wordplay! #confirmation!

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