FOOTSTEPS AND FINGERPRINTS
“Small beginnings are the launching pad to great endings.” This statement is the beginning of one of the chapters in the inspirational book “You Can Begin Again” by Joyce Meyer. I am sharing with you some of her thoughts. She writes…
“This truth is difficult for us to accept in today’s culture. We’re fascinated with the idea of instant results. Our motto could be: BIGGER, Faster!!! We don’t have to look too hard to see this motto in action: Athletes bulk up with steroids rather than trusting their training regimen. Hopeful ticket holders aim for wealth through lotteries rather than investing in solid financial planning.”
She believes that small things let you practice for bigger things, that small things prove and develop your character, and that in God’s time, the small things will pile up and become significant, meaningful things.
She summarizes her thoughts in chapter 11: Sometimes the most important number is “one” – one step at a time. Small beginnings are miracles in seed form. The Lord will always give you an opportunity to prove faithful over little before He puts you in charge of much (Matthew 25:21). God can do a miracle with every little thing you give Him. Beginning again with God is a disciplined, faithful, step-by-step process.
In her book, she includes these quotes. “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep rereading the last one.” Anon.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” St. Francis of Assisi.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.” Anne Frank.
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt.
“The way to get started is quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
“You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
And the one I like the best is a quote from Blessed Mother Teresa. “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”