Great Things Start Small

Did you know that Richard Branson, after two failed attempts at selling Christmas trees and parakeets, started the Virgin brand with a student magazine? Virgin is proof that many great things come from small beginnings. 

A few other guys come to mind: David, Jacob, Jesus—all had small beginnings, all were greatly used by God.

"I wish, I wish, I wish." I want to share the three most common wishes I hear amongst my friend circles, myself included, around the world:

1. I wish I gave more.
2. I wish I prayed more.
3. I wish I explored more.

I wish I gave more.

Well then… give. You’d be surprised as to how often I hear people say, "I wish I could give away 50% of what I earn.” First of all, that’s an awesome desire to have. Second of all, why not start giving sacrificially now, so if you're ever in the position to give away half your income, chances are, you will. 

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.
— Mark 12:41-44, NIV

Everything under the sun belongs to God, including your finances. Imagine how you could partner with God's kingdom here on earth by investing in what He's telling you to invest in. God honors obedience.

I wish I prayed more.

Well then… pray. God is a good Father. He so deeply wants to hear your voice and answer your prayers. Nothing will grow you like one-on-one time with God. Ask him to show you who you truly are, who He's called you to be, and how He's directing you in life. Talk to God like you're talking to your best friend. You don't have to use queens English and use words like “hath,” “thou,” and “beckoned.” But rather use words like “hey,” “howzit,” and “man.” 

And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either.
— Matthew 6:5, MSG

You also don't have to be in a perfectly conditioned prayer room. (Although after reading Matthew 6:6, I think I’ll seek solitude more often.) Doctors can talk to God in the operating room—massage therapists while in the treatment room and flight attendants while soaring through the sky.

When I was a diamond diver I used to spend up to 9 hours a day working underwater. It was the best prayer year of my life, and thanks to it, God changed me. Take Him with you wherever you go. It'll change your life.

I wish I explored more.

Well then… explore. How often do you hear people say they want to do something grand, like run a marathon in London or summit a mountain in Nepal? But often they're not willing to go for a walk around the block! They'll probably never run that race or summit that peak, because great things start small.

If you want to explore, start by going for a walk in your local green belt. Soon, you'll progress to hiking new mountain routes. Discover your city. Coffee shops, viewing points, and local music scenes—get out and see them! Pick a destination 50 minutes from your house and plan a weekend away. After getting out a few times, you'll probably start a travel fund for that trip overseas. You know, the one you’ve been talking about for years. 

When we explore, something changes in us. There’s so much to be learned from other cultures and from being out of our comfort zones. The raw beauty of the earth seems to sync our heartbeat with God's. Get out and feel the pulse!

Start small and keep at it. Whatever “it” is will eventually become a part of your lifestyle. You know the things that are on your heart… Those things you've been meaning to start doing. As one of our mentors says, "You'll never have more time than you do right now.”