Friday, January 7, 2011

Big Dreams and Small Beginnings

Do you have any secret dreams that look so out of reach that you don’t even consider pursuing them because it would be too scary and impossible to try?

Last week I told you about my brother’s craft beer brewery. It’s an unlikely comparison, but his brewery encourages me as I think about our impossible dream of a church plant in a Muslim city.

My brother is starting his beer brewery out small. He bought the equipment, and is now looking for a warehouse to rent. He will start making and selling what he can by himself. “It’s what I can afford to do on my own,” he says. It’s a small beginning.

We are starting our new church plant small, too. We are reconnecting with old friends, praying for and reaching out to new people, seeking to share God’s love. Right now our church planting team consists of two families. We meet together on Sundays in our homes.

Our first church meeting was definitely a small beginning. We prayed for weeks and invited friends, but on the first Sunday morning no one came! There we were: two couples and 4 children, an unlikely church! I was so discouraged. “Lord,” I said. “This is not the great start I had in mind. Aren’t you supporting this? Aren’t you behind us?” Then I heard a voice whisper in my ear, reminding me of Zechariah 4:10. “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.”(NLT) I knew God was speaking to me.

Small beginnings can lead to great things. The Wright Brothers first plane flight lasted only 12 seconds, but they didn’t give up. The first automobiles travelled at 2 to 4 miles per hour and broke down frequently, but developers didn’t give up.

We’re not giving up on our church plant either. We’re taking small steps, doing what we can and trusting that God will breathe His life and power into our small efforts. Last Monday night I shared the gospel with a girl I gave a ride home to from dance class. Yesterday I visited a friend and talked openly with her about my relationship with God. I prayed for her before I left. This afternoon my husband went to visit a man he gave a New Testament to last week. We’re sowing seeds and trusting that God will water them and bring growth.

Sometimes our dreams and goals are so overwhelming that they seem out of our league. We’re paralyzed because we think we have to do something big. When my husband started to talk about planting a church in Turkey, I thought, “Who, us? Are you kidding? Who are we to think we can plant a church?”

But here we are, taking small steps, doing what we can now to walk towards the dream God gave us and trusting that His power in us will accomplish more than we could ask for or imagine.

Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. “What about you? Do you have any dreams or aspirations? Is there some small beginning step you can take this week towards your goal?


Michael said...

Ala Mark Twain, I have always thought that the hardest part of any project is to get started. Once started, the ball starts rolling and before you know it, you're on your way. Good Luck Olivetree. You are on your way. I will be thinking about you Sunday morning!

OliveTree said...

He also said, "The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." Sounds like modern productivity\management advice doesn't it?

We're thinking of your brewery. We are all on our way!

Anonymous said...

You go girl! I like your stories canı are a source of inspiraiton :) love

Shanda said...

"Small beginnings lead to great things"....and God doesn't only measure that by numbers. May God bless your dream.