Based in New York, the Rich Hipster blog is written by Chrisette Michele. Her essays, poetry and lyrics think thru the modern ideas of black entrepreneurship, responsible creativity, and what it means to mindfully serve black and brown female community from a full cup. 

Don’t Despise Small Beginnings

I know what it means to start. I know what it means for something to make it from being an idea to entering the world for the very first time.

It’s bombarded when it enters. People have ideas for it. People have expectation for it. People have comparisons for it. Before it has legs, it’s given clothing and precautions, and limitations and stereotypes.

I want you to know that whatever you’re creating in your mind has a purpose. Don’t be afraid of releasing what’s been laboring inside of you for so long. Let it arrive.

You have what is called grace. This is given to you to protect your offering thru it’s birthing and nursing stages. When something is just born not everyone can hold it. It’s neck needs support. The MIND of the offering needs actual hand holding. You can’t bring a new MINDSET, a new vision, into the world with out being willing to protect and carry it.

This phase of protection is small. It isn’t boisterous. It has arrived but it hasn’t made its mark yet. It’s presence is known, but it’s still mysterious. Only few understand it’s reason. Only few understand it’s cause. Only few can identify it and call it what it actually is. Maybe you’re the only person who knows it’s real name. Birth happens before the birth certificate. Before the government steps in and gives the rules, regulations, and laws. Birth happens before the true name is recorded. And guess what? The baby can’t name itself. 


YOU have to be brave enough to call your vision what it is before it looks like what God told you.  You have to name your vision before it looks like what the WORLD understands. And, you can’t WAIT until the world understands to name your vision. This isn’t easy. This is faith. Don’t despise this time. 


This period of time may take years. Nannies, employees, help, friends, may come and go. Keep carrying. Keep your hands on it. Keep believing in it. It doesn’t look like what you shouted about on Sunday, yet. It hasn’t developed its arms and legs and full figure, yet. But it’s growing.

Don’t despise small beginnings. What you saw in your spirit is just as real as what you hold in your hands. It may keep you up late at night. It may require more attention then the rest of your life. It may be fragile, now. It may be needy, now. It may exhaust you, now.  But when your vision grows up (I felt that for somebody)... When your vision grows up you will be stronger, you will be supported, you will have foundation.

So have peace today. Rest in your mind. Your labor is not in vain. It’s just the beginning.

Scripture: Zechariah 4:10 “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” 


I love you with the Love I find in Christ Jesus, 


Chrisette Michele

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