Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Single Living: An Essential Skill

Wondering what to do next, or how to get through today? This is a very old poem that was often quoted by Bible teacher, missionary and author, Elisabeth Elliot. It was originally written as "DOE THE NEXTE THYNGE," but has been modernized in this version. Read it a few times to get a feel for the rythmn, and listen for the wisdom.  

DO THE NEXT THING
At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
There came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
That, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all 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, and 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 results, 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, do the next thing.
(Author unknown)
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What's the next thing for you today? Wash the dishes? Make a doctor appointment? Drop the kids off at school? There's blessing and healing in the mundane and daily routine. Cherish the moments . . . and may God keep you step by step today.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you dear sister, that was just what I needed Bless You xxx

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