1. From an old English parsonage, down by the sea,
There came in the twilight a message for me;
Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,
It has, seems to me, God’s teaching from Heaven.
And on through the hours the quiet words ring,
Like a low inspiration: “DO THE NEXT THING.”
2. Many a questioning, many a fear,
Many a doubt has 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.
3. Do it immediately; do it with prayer;
Do it reliantly, casting all care;
Do it with reverence, tracing Christ’s hand
Who placed it before you with earnest command,
Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
Leave all resultings. DO THE NEXT THING.
4. Looking to Jesus, ever serener,Author Unknown
Working or suffering, let this be your demeanor.
In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
Let the light of Christ’s countenance be your psalm.
Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing!
Then, as He commands you, DO THE NEXT THING.
This poem was popularized by Elizabeth Elliot. It is loaded with truth. There are difficulties in life. We will not be 100% free from them while we live. God has given us tools to keep moving forward. He has given us His word and other believers to help us along the way. All we need to do is cling to Him and “do the next thing”.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing a way to do the next thing. I ask for Your help as many of us are weary and don’t feel as though we can continue. Please give us strength and help us to honor You.
I pray this in Jesus’ name.
God is so good.