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Monday, February 19, 2007

Never Despise Meager Beginnings....Small Deeds DO Count

It's something I'm having a lot of trouble doing lately. And it's not a good thing, either. I've got at least 3 web site clients whose sites need to be updated, several novella proposals to submit, 2 books to send to an editor, a sample to send to a potential agent, another proposal to get to another editor, not to mention my FT job as inventory supervisor at work during the week. We're in the middle of publisher returns and are only at 60% of our goal with just 1 week left.

I used to think that everything I did was to keep me busy and that not a lot of it was any big deal to anyone else. Then, today, I read in my daily devotional not to "despise meager beginnings." This brings to mind the book by Janette Oke, Love's Enduring Promise. That was what Missy's father told her about Willie, when he lended his hand to help them and ended up confessing that he cared about her.

It also served as a reminder to me that even the little things I do in my writing or my fellowship with other writers/friends or my web site work for clients or even my "out-of-the-way" work at the all means something to someone.

So, send that email. Make that phone call. Write that article, story or book.

David had a sling. Rahab had a string. Dorcas had a needle. All were used by God. What do you have? John Wesley said, "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can." With God, small deeds count!

You just never know where your words or deeds might touch or inspire someone else.


Jennifer Y. said...

Thank you for this post. It was a wonderful message that I needed to hear!


P.S. I love Janette Oke's books.

Shauna said...

What a beautiful post! It brings to mind the scripture that calls us to do everything as if unto Him. And in doing that bring Him glory. It's a wonderful reminder, although at times hard to do!

Bless you and thank you for sharing this.