Posted by: Phoebe | October 2, 2009

One step at a time, one moment at a time.

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This quote is from the anthology of George MacDonald quotes compiled by C. S. Lewis.  It addresses my tendency to procrastinate on tasks, even when I should just to do the next thing and get on with it.  Sometimes I procrastinate because I am a perfectionist — I want to do a thorough job or nothing at all. Worry also causes me to put off necessary things.  It is easier to avoid them, instead of doing what I can and placing the result –whether it is a paper to write, a relationship to address, or an email to write — in God’s hands.  Instead, I should seize the moment and do a small portion of a task, even if I don’t accomplish or perfect it at that time.  One of my relatives, John, is a medical student.  Even with all the pressures of his studies, he has found a balance. He told me he doesn’t worry about the next task or test, he knows it will work out.  Obviously, he is faithful to work on his studies, but I think his attitude is similar to Jesus’ proverb “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”  Though I have many ups and downs in the process, I am trying to change my habits of thinking about time and tasks, one step at a time.

“The Sacred Present”

The next hour, the next moment, is as much beyond our grasp

and as much in God’s care,

as that a hundred years away.

Care for the next minute is just as foolish

as care for the morrow,

or for a day in the next thousand years—

in neither can we do anything,

in both God is doing everything.

Those claims only of the morrow which have to be prepared today

are of the duty of today:

the moment which coincides with work to be done,

is the moment to be minded;

the next is nowhere till God has made it.

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Responses

  1. I kinda had the same thoughts just recently. It’s really easy to grow discouraged when things don’t change overnight. We’ve just got to have the perseverance to take the next step. At the same time, we do have to have long term goals to motivate us to give our all on the daily things.

  2. This sounds like our talk about breathing, haha.


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