Tuesday, December 11, 2007

It's okay to start small

This is Curtis. He married my daughter three months ago. This is the living room of their cozy cottage. And this is their first Christmas tree.

I love this picture for many reasons, but I posted it simply to say it's okay to start small. Most of us are in a hurry to achieve our goals. We want big success (in school, relationships, sports or hobbies or even in our faith) and we want it now. But there are reasons why God didn't create us as full-grown, knowledgeable, talented adults. We have to grow and learn. Develop our skills. Study. Practice.

In His wisdom, God even chose for Jesus to start small. He came as an infant. He had to learn to walk and talk and feed Himself. He had to go to school and learn to read. He had to practice carpentry under Joseph's watchful eye. He even had to spend time in prayer to refresh His spirit.

If starting small was okay for Jesus, it's okay for us, too.

Maybe someday Curtis and Grace will have a big, fancy Christmas tree in a lavishly furnished home. But meanwhile, they're making the most of small beginnings. They're happy. And that, my friends, is huge.


Debbie said...

Yay for small beginnings! :) Just what I needed to hear today...LOVE this site. All the ladies here are SO encouraging and sweet. Truly a blessing to me.

Keep up the GREAT work! :) You've NO IDEA how many times, someone blogs about a topic I'm struggling with and can apply to my real life.

Have y'all ever considered writing a book togeter???

your li'l sis,
Debbie :)

Jeanne Damoff said...

Thanks, Debbie! I'm so glad you enjoy this site. We love hearing your thoughts, too.

Have a beautiful Christmas!
Love, Jeanne

Dionna said...

Good thoughts and a good post! I think their tree is beautiful and will probably be a tree that they will always remember.

Jeanne Damoff said...

I agree with you, Dionna. I still love recalling our first "Christmas tree," which was really just a small, potted Norfolk pine with foil-covered chocolate ornaments and a paper star. :)

Merry Christmas!

Love, Jeanne