The Steps of a Good Man
(a message to myself)
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div, LOM
Do the Next Thing
It is so easy when we are suffering to stop doing. Although doing can be extremely difficult, it is the doing that takes us from one step to the next. We must keep moving forward. Thomas Carlisle is quoted as saying, “Do the duty which lies nearest thee. Thy second duty will have become clearer.” I have always appreciated the following poem:
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 question, many of 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.”
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.”
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 results, “DO THE NEXT THING.”
As we determine to do whatever task is before us (sometimes simply our commonplace duties), God will guide our steps. It is also important that we do the doing with the right attitude. Moping and feeling sorry for ourselves accomplishes absolutely nothing. We are called to always live in a right attitude. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)