Doug Fields wrote this wonderful little book called Refuel. It talks about the practical relationship with God we can and should have. In one section, he described how we can get stuck feeling overwhelmed by all it takes to follow God.
Think about it. We’re supposed to pray, read the Bible, go to small group, tithe, go to church, be nice, and do all sorts of good things. Phew! All of these are very good things unless they have become a duty. Sometimes that’s what our good works become, a chore, a must do, or an obligation.
Doug shares a great tip for overcoming that mindset, even if you don’t think you suffer from that mindset. He says do not worry about all of it. Instead concentrate on just the “next thing.” In each moment of life we have a choice to follow our will or God’s will. If we would stop and silently ask God for His help, direction or strength in the moment, God will surely answer.
Let me illustrate from my own experience while reading this book with my small group. As background you need to know I have a physical problem with the muscles in my right arm that makes most movement painful. In fact, even writing this physically hurts. Okay now to get to my “next thing” moment.
One day standing in my kitchen I noticed how dirty the cabinets had become. The doors have a molding detail that is great at collecting dust and dirt. Did I mention the cabinets were white? As I stood looking at the dirty kitchen cabinets I prayed, “Lord, you know the problem with my arm. You know my husband desires cleanliness. Would you please help me clean these cabinets?” Well, I got to work. You know what? God gave me the strength in my arm to clean those cabinets. Not only that but there was no pain later on either!
This is one example of how we can turn to God in the moment and give Him our “next thing.” No matter what you are facing, stop and give it to Him. He will lead you through, give you wisdom, or provide the strength it takes for that moment.
If you haven’t read Doug’s book yet, you might want to get your own copy today. I highly recommend it for individual or small group study.
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