August 5, 2013

Just Do The Next Thing

A good post to revisit as summer winds down and school season winds up...

If you're like me, at this time of year the to-do list is growing at viral proportions. Holiday plans, ministry responsibilities, birthday parties, household duties--it's never-ending. Not to mention the (good) changes I feel God is asking me to make in my family and in my heart. Where to begin? How will I do all of this? It's overwhelming.
When I started writing and studying the publishing industry, I felt this same way. There was so much to learn, to figure out, to practice, to do. Someone further along in the process said to me: Just do the next thing. Submit an article. Read a book about the industry. Write a blog post. In other words, one day at a time, one step at a time.

That advice came back to me yesterday as I prayed about what God is calling me to do and as I considered it in relation to this season's schedule. I always speak such condemnation and hopelessness to myself, but doesn't He always so graciously speak grace and hope? He simply said, Do the next thing. I will empower you to fulfill what I call you to do. And then do the next thing after that, and I will   still be there beside you giving you what you need then.

What's in front of you today? What steps of faith is God calling you to take? Maybe you're overwhelmed because you're looking too far ahead or too much at the big picture. Maybe you're exhausted or facing some difficult circumstances.

A simple word for today: Just do the next thing.