Do The Next Thing

When I was in high school, I attended a one-day seminar held by Elizabeth Elliot. I really don’t remember a lot from her talk except for the really, really, and I mean REALLY huge and delicious muffins that they had for us and that my aunt stashed in her purse and a poem that Mrs. Elliot shared.

Whitney Donáe- Do The Next Thing

If you’re anything like me, your to-do list can be a little overwhelming most days. I wake up feeling hurried and rushed and confused on where to start before my day even begins. I have to remind myself constantly throughout the day to just take a breath and do the next thing, which by the way, happens to be the title of the poem that Elisabeth Elliot shared with us that day, and that I want to share with you.

Whitney Donáe- Do The Next Thing

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, just remember, you don’t have to get everything done at once, you just have to do the next thing and breath. Your to do list may not all get completed today (and let's be honest, it likely won't), but just getting that next thing crossed off even it is just brushing your teeth or loading the dishwasher is a step towards progress and a step in the right direction.

Whitney Donáe- Do The Next Thing

Do The Next Thing

From an old English parsonage,
Down by the sea,
There came in the twilight,
A message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend,
Deeply engraven,
Hath, as it seems to me,
Teaching from Heaven.
And on through the hours
The quiet words ring
Like a low inspiration-
DO THE NEXT THING

Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment,
Let down from Heaven,
Time, opportunity,
Guidance, are given.
Fear not tomorrows,
Child of the King, 
Trust them with Jesus,
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

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
(Working or suffering)
Be thy demeanor,
In His dear presence,
The rest of His calm,
The light of His countenance
Be thy psalm,
Strong in His faithfulness,
Praise and sing,
Then, as He beckons thee,
DO THE NEXT THING

-Author unknown

Whitney Donáe- Do The Next Thng