Zechariah 4:10 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.)

At times, we have a tendency to despise where we are and desire more. If we have a starter house, some have a tendency to mentally minimize that house and desire a 4000 square foot house. If we’re at an entry level job, some have a tendency to be disappointed in that job, and desire a better career. If we have a used car, some will literally be disgusted with their car because they so long for a new car. 

What God is telling us is we shouldn’t despise our small beginnings. By not despising small beginnings, we perfect our gratitude. Be thankful for that entry level job or that used car. Someone else wished they had what some of us are despising. Also, by not despising small beginnings, we are more inclined to exercise faithfulness. We’re more inclined to not be good stewards over what’s small or half do a job when we despise where we are, but if we exercise faithfulness, it won’t be small for long.  

The good news about this scripture is it’s only the beginning (small beginnings). When we handle our small beginnings appropriately, we’re promised more. Matthew 25:23 says, if we’re faithful over a few things, we can be trusted with many things. 

Be grateful and thankful in the time of small beginnings. It’s a process to go from small beginnings to a great ending. Be faithful.