Perhaps you’ve encountered betrayal by a person you trusted, or experienced sudden loss that leaves you in shock.
Or maybe your day-to-day “to do” list feels unmanageable – and you are simply overwhelmed.
There are moments in life when we literally do not know what to do next. But the good news is, you don’t have to have it all figured out – you just need to do the next right thing. But how?
To start – cling to Jesus and just keep going.
If you feel weary, get on your knees and pray to God for direction on how to tackle your next task.
Perhaps you are a homeschooling mom and you begin your day not even knowing how you’re going to get it all done – where do you start?
Well, if your kids need to eat, start with feeding them breakfast.
It sounds so simple, but sometimes simple really is the answer.
Feed them, and then do the next thing.
Let’s take a tougher situation.
Maybe you are in a marriage where your spouse rejects your love or affection.
They can be rude, even hurtful with their tone.
Your flesh may want to “one up them” and get even. It can be easy to retaliate and push their buttons to hurt them back.
But as Christians we are called to a higher standard.
If you feel hopeless and full of anxiety, not knowing if tomorrow is the day they’ll finally walk out – what should you do?
Do the next right thing.
Practically, this means praying for your spouse, or perhaps seeking godly counsel to help you process what is happening.
It could mean sitting down and having a loving and honest conversation with your spouse.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
Or maybe you’re in a situation where you found out a close friend was gossiping about you.
You may feel hurt (rightfully so) and even sad or angry.
Everything in your flesh wants to cut this person out of your life or maybe even tell one of their secrets to get even.
So what do you do?
Do the next right thing.
God tells us to forgive our enemies, and even though your friend may never even apologize, you are still called to forgive.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean you trust them again. While it could lead to restoration of the relationship, it just as easily could not.
We must remember, since Christ has forgiven us, we are called to forgive those who hurt us.
And finally, maybe you are faced with a situation that doesn’t necessarily have a right or wrong answer – like what job to take, or where to gift your extra bonus money.
The answer is still do the next right thing.
This could mean something as simple as updating your resume or applying for jobs and trusting God with the outcome.
Or sitting down with your spouse to decide the best place to gift your extra resources and making a decision together.
Regardless of what situation you find yourself in, you should always pray for wisdom on how to proceed and do the next right thing.
And then – leave the results up to God and trust in His ultimate sovereignty.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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