The Next Thing



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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