Do the Next Thing

Do it immediately;
Do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence,
Tracing His Hand,
Who placed it before thee with
Earnest command.

Stayed on Omnipotence,
Safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings,
DO THE NEXT THING

-Author Unknown

I was reading a blog post about Elisabeth Elliot yesterday, and it spoke about the comfort that she found in the above poem. I thought about it all day.

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Do the next thing.

It seems so simple, but was it really?

If you don’t know about Elisabeth and her husband, Jim, I encourage you to watch the movie “End of the Spear.” They were missionaries in Ecuador, and Jim was killed when trying to establish a relationship with the local tribe.

When I read their story as a young teen, I couldn’t imagine how Elisabeth could go on after her husband died. Then at 17, I found out. My Dad died that year in October, following my grandfather’s death in April (on my parents anniversary). Then one week before Christmas, my dog died.

We did it together.

In all of this, my mom was my rock and guide. I was still a senior in high school, and she home schooled me. So when it came to handling things, we did it together. Everything from paying for the funeral to dealing with my dad’s clothes.

We couldn’t put it into words at the time, but that poem above became our motivation. Do the next thing. Sell his work truck and tools, then do the next thing. Clean out his clothes, then do the next thing. That is how we got through the toughest time in my life to date.

We did the next thing.

So if you are facing something that seems insurmountable … Do the next thing. Pray for strength, then the next thing. Make that phone call, then do the next thing. Take a nap, then the next thing. Let a friend help, then the next thing.

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Heather Banks

Heather Banks

Heather Banks is a born and bred Georgia girl that loves traveling as much as coming home. Wife, expectant adoptive mom, sewist and photographer. She believes in Jesus, laughing, sweet tea, showing love with food, and being available!
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Heather Banks is a born and bred Georgia girl that loves traveling as much as coming home. Wife, expectant adoptive mom, sewist and photographer. She believes in Jesus, laughing, sweet tea, showing love with food, and being available!

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