What’s next for you? What’s the next step? It’s important to have a plan. It doesn’t have to be a big one or a complicated one, just the one step you plan to take next to build on the momentum you’ve been experiencing during Advent as we’ve moved our way toward Christmas. Jesus is coming to meet you personally. What are you going to do next?
If you’re confused or struggling with that, just do the next right thing. It doesn’t need to be three things, it doesn’t need to be a yearlong plan that you’re going to do, just do one thing. Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do. In your next decision in your upcoming moment do the next right thing to move one step closer to Jesus. Find that one next thing, and then let him take it from there.
So I was walking through the airport one day, and I read a sign that said, “Embrace what’s next.” So naturally I’m thinking about my future, and I’m ten—twelve—steps ahead of myself. The way my brain works, I started spiraling and overwhelming myself with everything I had to do to get there. So I had to stop and think, “All right, what’s the first thing I have to do? What’s my next step?”
This Advent, I woke up fifteen minutes earlier each day to watch the videos, reflect, and journal. That’s a big deal for me, because I love my sleep. Of everything I learned throughout the program, I got so many nuggets of wisdom that I was trying to figure out how I could implement everything into my everyday life. Again I started to overwhelm myself, so I had to think, “What’s the one thing I have to do to have the best Christmas?”
So out of everything I learned, I realized that that habit of waking up early to spend my morning in prayer was the best thing I could do. So my next step is to continue to wake up earlier than normal and spend my morning in conversation with Jesus. I mean, it’s helped me this far, so why stop now?
What about you? What’s your next step?