Going Through The Motions

Today I am over at Becoming Titus 2 Women writing about going through the motions. A lot of times, as Christians, we are told we should be on-fire with zeal and passion non-stop. I don’t think that is true though and doing so can lead to burn out. Sometimes, obedience even if your heart isn’t in is the best thing. Just doing the next thing is enough. I think this poem, oft quoted by Elisabeth Elliot, sums these premise up well:

Do The Next Thing
From an old English parsonage,

Down by the sea,

There came in the twilight,
A message to me;
Its quaint Saxon legend,
Deeply engraven,
Hath, as it seems to me,
Teaching from Heaven.
And on 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 tomorrows,
Child of the King, 
Trust them 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,
Strong in His faithfulness,
Praise and sing,
Then, as He beckons thee,
Do the next thing. 

-Author unknown


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