• Michelle L Hoy

Small Beginnings

Do not despise these small beginnings for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin Zechariah 4:10

The unthinkable happened this week! I was able to get myself (and yes, it took some effort), my husband, AND my son to go out to dinner together inside a restaurant. That is unheard of. Even pre-pandemic, to-go orders were our go-to. But the other night, I suggested we go out for dinner and to my surprise there was little argument! While sitting together in our little booth chatting away, we started sharing our personal accomplishments and our goals for the upcoming year and beyond. Within the last couple of years, my son has built a business that has seen some exciting growth. While discussing that growth, I made what was intended to be a humorous but sarcastic comment about some of my goals not seeing the same level of growth. What followed has given me much to consider and I wanted to take a moment to share it with you. If you have ever had the pleasure of finding yourself being corrected by your own children, you may know that it takes you back a bit. Rather quickly though, I recognized that these words were coming from a place of love and personal experience so I resisted the urge to get annoyed and simply listened. “You have to stop doing that! Everyone starts somewhere.” He was right. My goodness he’s going to read this and probably get a big head (so in advance my sweet son, if you’re reading this, please resist the urge) but he was right. He proceeded to remind me that if we don’t believe in ourselves and what we are doing, how can we ever expect anyone else to? No one crushes all their goals one after another right out of the gate. However, with continued hard work and determination, what starts out as minuscule let me rephrase that, will grow. While I wasn’t intending to get down on myself, my words revealed what was really going on in my heart. Doubt. And doubt as we know is the exact opposite of faith. Without really realizing it, I was allowing seeds of doubt and fear to begin to have a voice in my mind and heart. A voice that if left unchecked can take the wind right out of your sails and derail you from your plans. In that moment, and in the following days, I have considered how many times I have allowed these weeds to grow in my life and choke out potential before those plans even had a chance to get started. My encouragement to you is the same that I am happy to have received. It’s time to take inventory of the “voices” speaking to our hearts and minds. If those voices are speaking doubt, fear, and disbelief, it’s time to stop agreeing with them and to start praying for and agreeing with the Voice of Truth! Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 Michelle L Hoy 🐭

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