You already have been given what you need to begin to create your future. Don’t find yourself saying, “If only I had this…if only this were different…if only I had more money…then I could do what I am supposed to do.” People constantly overstate the importance of things they don’t have.
Never let what you think you can’t do keep you from doing what you can do. Prolonged idleness paralyzes initiative, for to the hesitant mind everything is impossible because it seems so.
Do not wait for special circumstances to act; use ordinary situations. We don’t need more strength, ability, or opportunity. Use what you have. Everyone must row with the oars they have been given.
John Burroghs said, “The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.”
What you can do now is the only influence you have over your future. No one can be happy until he has learned to enjoy what he has and not worry over what he doesn’t have.
True greatness consists of being great in little things. Don’t grumble because you don’t have what you want; be thankful you don’t get what you deserve. Walter Dwight remarked, “We must do something” is the unanimous refrain. “You begin” is the deafening reply.”
Everything great begins with something insignificant. The great people in the Bible were faithful in the small things. In Matthew, Jesus told the parable of the talents. He referred to one servant who had taken his master’s money and multiplied it. The master said to that man, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” – 25:23 NKJV
In Zechariah 4:10 (NKJV), the Lord asks the prophet, “For who has despised the day of small things?” There is power in taking small steps.
Many people are not moving with God today simply because they have not been willing to take the small steps He has placed before them. If you feel led to go into a particular area, you should leap at an opportunity – no matter how small – to move in the direction in which the Lord has directed you. If you are called to be a youth pastor and are sitting at home waiting for an invitation from some large church, you should know that it will likely never come. You need to find the first young person you can, put your arm around him or her, and begin to minister and help them.
Don’t be afraid to take small steps. As we have seen, many times the impossible is simply the untried.
I can remember a time in my life when I was frozen with fear at what God called me to do. It seemed so huge a task that I was unable to bring myself to face it. Then a friend came to me and spoke two words that broke that paralysis in my life: “Do something!” If you are at a point of feeling frozen because of what God wants you to do, “do something!” Don’t worry about the goal; just take the steps that get you beyond the starting point. Soon you’ll get to a point of no return.
It is right to be content with what you have, but never with what you are. Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have. Don’t make the mistake of looking too far ahead and missing the things close by.
You can never get much of anything accomplished unless you go ahead and do it before everything is ideal. No one never made a success of anything by first waiting until all the conditions were “just right.” The Bible says (in Ecclesiastes 11:4 TL B), “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”
It’s a waste of time to think about what you don’t have. Instead, spend your time immersed in the task before you, knowing that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the years that follow it. Live this German proverb: “Grow where you are planted. Begin to weave, and God will give the thread.”