Sometime ago, way back in the day, I was an avid runner. It was nothing for me to lace up my tennis shoes and hit the pavement. There was a special high I got from the wind tapping my back as I ran my course. I loved running so much that I was on the track team as a sprinter and relay leg. As a child, I raced anyone who had the confidence to think that they could win. I just loved to run!
Now here I am some twenty years later and I still have that same love for running but you definitely wouldn’t be able to tell! For the last several months, I have been considering signing up to run my first 5K marathon. To the runner that I used to be, that would be a piece of cake; however, to the current me, that’s a bit more of a challenge. Every since I started thinking about running again, I continued to put off the actual start. Each time I thought I was ready to begin, it was in the middle of the week and I convinced myself that a Monday start was much better. Once Monday rolled around, Iife happened and I was either too busy with work and kids or too exhausted to do anything. I put off starting until a day or two later and then of course you know what happened…I decided to wait to Monday again! This vicious cycle of not starting only lead to never finishing!
Your failure to start may not be related to running, but possibly you’ve been wanting to go back to school and complete your degree. You think you’re too old, too busy or too broke to start. You want to leave your corporate job and start a business, but you haven’t started the process. Your fear of failure is holding you back. You keep repeating to everyone around you how you are going to write a book; yet you still haven’t put a single thought onto paper because you have to get your ideas “all the way together”. You are standing at the start line and the shot has been fired, but you refuse to go!
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” (Zechariah 4: 10 NLT)
I love this scripture simply because it reassures us that even our smallest efforts are not in vain or unnoticed. It’s easy to get discouraged when you look at the entire unfixed puzzle, but God is telling us to focus on that small corner that we can complete. Fill out the application for school; research the industry for your business; make a chapter outline for your book. And if you aspire to be a runner, walk around track if you cannot yet run! But whatever you do, START! God gets excited when we start because then He can meet us on our journey and take our little and multiply it! Remember the widow who was left with no money and all of her deceased husband’s debts to pay? The prophet, Elisha, instructed her to go around her neighborhood gathering jars. Once she had gathered many jars, she was to go home and take her small amount of oil and start pouring it into the jars. God rejoiced at her movement and then multiplied her oil so that it was enough to fill all of the jars that she had collected. She was able to sell that oil to pay off her debts and live comfortably. But what if the widow had excuses like, “my neighbors don’t like me” or “I don’t have enough oil”? The blessing came after she started! God will multiply your small beginnings into great endings if you simply start! (Read the widow’s story here.)
I am happy to report that I finally crossed the start line and ironically enough, it was on a Thursday! I am definitely not the young sprinter that I used to be, but God is delighted with me because the work has begun. Now He has something to work with. If I am consistent and dedicated to reaching my finish line, He will meet my effort and help me get there! Now that I am back on track (figuratively and literally), I am on my way to reaching the goal that I set for myself. Allowing excuses to distract us from going after what we desire is much easier than actively pursuing it, but today’s EmpowerMoment is to push you to start!
I recognize that I have been lazy, stagnant, fearful and full of excuses up until now. I also recognize that I need Your strength and power to make a move past my start line. Lord, please help me to actively pursue everything that You have for me! It is my desire to have You rejoice at my start and my finish! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to start! There is no way you can be a finisher if you refuse to hit the pavement running after the shot has been fired. I EMPOWER you devote at least 10 minutes each day doing something to get you closer to your goal. I EMPOWER you to refuse to let your dreams die when you do. Today is the day to start!
Do you vow to start today? If so, sign your name below along with what you plan to start. We are all rooting for you!
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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.