Yesterday, an opportunity was presented to me – It was a great opportunity BUT it was small, within that same hour, I was presented with another opportunity AND while this one was much BIGGER one, it was going to cost me a whole lot more out of pocket than the small one. Immediately I began to think “Well, the bigger opportunity would be better because of the doors it would open, however; the smaller one I wasn’t so sure about, as it seemed like it would not open the doors that I would want it to. In my mind, this meant it would only lead to even smaller opportunities.
Upon thinking about the cost for each one, I came to the conclusion that I would be willing to pay more for the bigger opportunity as it seemed like the better choice that would lead to bigger and better avenues for me, while contemplating about both; I immediately became confused and agitated by the thought of either; so while driving home, I began to talk to God about it and he responded quickly by saying “Stick with the smaller opportunity, I will open the door for more.” Suddenly my mind went to the bible scripture that says “Despise not small beginnings” Zechariah 4:10 – The bible also talks of “being anxious for nothing” (Phil 4:6)
How many times do we look over small things, just to skip to the BIGGER and BETTER (so we think) opportunities way ahead of us, we’re so quick to rush to the end before starting at the beginning when in reality we need to be like the faithful and steady tortoise in “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Slow and steady always wins the race and while we’re making slow strides to get to the finish line, we’re learning and picking up tools along the way, which will help us finish strong. You see?, We all have BIG assignments or opportunities that will arise in our life that we’ll have to perform first before we get to the bigger fish down the road, the smaller arena’s give us the chance to be tested at a lower level before we can take on the bigger test.
Take a singer for instance, it’s a singer’s greatest desire to sing before a huge audience because they feel they will get the most exposure in a big arena but what if the only opportunity that’s coming available for them is the little run down club down the street that no one really goes too. Do they turn it down? Or do they accept the gig and sing below of what they are capable of singing all because the opportunity isn’t great? No! Because if singing is their passion and something that they really want to do, they’ll be willing to do it anywhere. You never know what or who may be watching or looking and with cell phones being the wave of technology right now, someone is subject to record their show and the next thing you know – VIRAL HAPPENS!! And so does that big stage that they always dreamed of performing on. All because they embraced the small stage.
I’m a firm believer that what you do in the beginning and how you handle that small assignment or opportunity will determine how you handle the bigger opportunities that God has prepared for you down the road. So don’t despise (look over) the smaller things that God has placed in front of you, humble yourself before the mighty hand of God and perform the smaller task with cheerfulness because your attitude and how well you perform in the beginning, will determine your overall performance in the end.
Roshonda N. Blackmon – Creator of JustsumInspiration for the Mind, Body & Soul
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