The Next Thing

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Does your brain sometimes get bombarded by all the things you need to get done—but you don’t know where to start?

Sometimes my brain gets bombarded by all the things I need to get done and I don’t know where to start!! Hi, I’m Renee Swope for Proverbs 31 Ministries.

On those days when I feel overwhelmed, I try to remember something I learned from author Elisabeth Elliot. After her husband died, she said she would’ve given up if it weren’t for one simple concept – to do the next thing.

When she got overwhelmed she’d simply ask herself what was the next thing that she needed to do – and then she’d do it. Then she’d do the next thing, and the next. And all those little “next things” made up her days.

So now, when I feel overwhelmed, I tell myself – “Just do the next thing, Renee.”

Sometimes the next thing is to do a load of laundry. Or a grocery list. Or to get ready for work. Whatever it is, I focus on that one thing until it’s done. And then I move on to do my next “next thing!”

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