Family, Life

Do the next thing!

This morning at our church ladies Bible study we watched a Donna Otto dvd and she taught a lesson on Hannah, which encouraged us to pray, be patient and to persevere. But she also told a story from Elizabeth Elliot about her mother’s motto to always just “do the next thing”! It really struck me, especially with the week that is happening here in Sodemanland. See, it doesn’t take much to get a task onto Jon’s to do list, and once a task is on his list it MUST. GET. DONE. NOW. And through a little series of events that happened in the last 2 weeks or so, our upstairs flooring situation got on his to do list. So. He is in the process of replacing all the carpet upstairs with laminate flooring. (Yay!) It looks amazing!!! But… this probably wasn’t the best of times to add that huge job to our schedules. He is leaving for Nepal, running a business, working full time, we have youth events, he is doing school, we all have colds, we have “stuff” on almost every day and night (fall is busy for everyone- I know!). And now our house is torn apart and I am painting like mad and he is laying flooring like mad to get it done before he goes away and we have to return borrowed tools, etc.

ANYWAY! I am NOT complaining. Jon is working like a madman, the floor is beautiful and will be a huge blessing, Justus’s room needed painting badly, so it will be really nice to have that done. I just don’t do well in chaos, and it’s chaos over here. Plus I feel behind in lots of other areas as well. I’m running around like a maniac and dropping all the balls as I go. Sometimes quite literally.

Last night when I was hurriedly preparing supper I accidentally dropped the full container of corn starch. It slipped from my hands and then proceeded to spill down every shelf and all over the floor. Corn Starch. Groan.
It was like when I was prego with Juno and rushing to get ready for work in the morning, sick, tired, struggling to find something to wear that would fit and not look like sweat pants, then spilling cereal all over myself right before running out the door. Such a small thing, but you just want to sit down, admit defeat, and weep-long and hard.

That’s a little bit how I feel right now, and how I know MANY of my friends are feeling right now.

Thanks for helping “teen-up” June Bug!  <insert forced smile here>

So here’s the encouragement that I got this morning and am passing along to you. Right this minute, you can’t do it ALL, but you can do the next thing. Surrender the rest, focus your mind on Christ and get to work just doing the next thing. Whether that thing is changing a diaper, playing lego, opening your Bible, or cleaning corn starch, just DO THE NEXT THING.


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  • Reply Jen October 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks for that! 🙂

  • Reply Jon October 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I AM doing the next thing – I’m doing all the flooring in the house!

  • Reply Lisa Y October 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I know that the study for me yesterday was a HUGE Blessing as well. Maybe it is that time of year, or what not, but I know that I have been feeling overwhelmed with everything and not knowing what to do next, and Donna just said it ‘do the next thing.’ Doesn’t have to be grand, can be something small… just do the next thing. Thanks for the reminder again today!

  • Reply Tash October 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I know the cornflour thing is a disastrous mess – but that is a really precious photo of Juno! I’ve had one of those weeks too!

  • Reply Emily October 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Whenever I drop something like that, my mind always goes “command + z!” As if that’d solve the problem. It doesn’t.

    The study this week was a good reminder for me to remain in the moment in our situation. I tend to get ahead of myself and start looking at rental listings on kijiji or whatever, and then have to stop myself and say “Whoa. Sell the house FIRST. Then we can shop.”

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