The Next Thing

Do the next thing.

—Elisabeth Elliot

When I find myself paralyzed by overwhelm, this little bit of advice has often gotten me moving again. When I don’t know what to do next, just do the next thing. But this advice also keeps me moving after a major accomplishment. Sometimes I want to rest after a gargantuan undertaking. Rest is good, and sometimes rest is the next thing. But we were not meant to stay at rest. At some point, it’s time to get up and do the next thing.

Elisabeth Elliot’s writing has greatly influenced my life, even as a grown married woman. I truly wish someone had introduced me to her works when I was a teenager, but I am learning that it is never too late to incorporate the principles she teaches: namely, that passion is not sinful and purity is not prudish. Nor are they mutually exclusive. You can have both.

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