I was reading through some of my old Laine's Letters printouts last night, mostly to search for her amazing frugal recipes.
I came across this poem, one those of us who love to read Elisabeth Elliot's books have known her to quote many times.
I can't tell you how often I've been very tired and found it difficult to go on when I thought of this poem and her advice to... do the next thing. :)
A poem quoted by Elisabeth Elliot
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, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that 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.
Do the next thing."