Just Do the Next Thing


“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others.” Winston Churchill

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We have heard this truth a hundred times but it is most definitely true. We will never be able to move forward if we do not take the first step. All we must do is the next thing!

The first Christmas that my son, Sam, was coming home from college, I wanted everything to make a perfect homecoming. There was a large jar of his favorite candy bar cookies on the kitchen counter, the sweet aroma of cinnamon potpourri wafting through the air, the house was tidy and inviting, and a yummy supper awaited his arrival. We were thrilled to have him home and after dinner, he followed me up the stairs and into my bedroom, where a huge pile of unfolded laundry struggled to stay on a chair. He immediately went over to it and, hurling himself face first into it, sighed, “Aahh, home!”

This has been the continual joke in our home and it is probably funny because it is so very true. My laundry is never done! Somehow I am able to get it washed and dried but folding it is another matter entirely! The only way to courageously meet my laundry head on is to do the next thing…fold one load at a time.

The same is true when we face any other task as homeschooling moms….read the next chapter, thaw the meat for today’s dinner, change one diaper, load one more dish into the dishwasher, teach them at home for one more year, graciously respond to your naysayers just one more time.

When we see the whole in front of us, it is often too daunting to endure, even until bedtime. But by taking each task, one at a time, and doing it then and there, by God’s grace, we will persevere to the end.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10


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