Righteousness can seem impossible to attain. It really used to feel that way to me.
But several years ago my amazing sister-in-law shared a thought with me that she had read somewhere.
It went something like this… God is pleased when we decide to find the next good thing He wants us to do and then we do it.
This “next good thing” can look drastically different for me from day to day, and I’m sure the same can be true for you. Some days it is just taking a quiet day to allow Him to search my heart and for me to take time to really listen to what He wants to change in my life.
Other days it looks like me ministering to other. Meeting them where they are and setting myself and my own needs aside and speaking life and truth into their life.
Finding ways to encourage others to keep on keeping on. To encourage them to find their next good thing and encourage them to step out in faith and do it.
And somedays it’s just praying for people and taking them and the things going on in their lives to Jesus because He can and will do something about it!
Somedays, I find the next good thing, but I don’t follow through on the “doing it” part, and I find myself disappointed in myself and feeling distant from God.
But do you know what is amazing about my God, He is willing to forgive me any time I ask, and will forgive me no matter what I’ve done!
I’m so unworthy of that, but so very grateful for it, and this is what keeps His ears open to my prayers and me on the path of righteousness. I think of it mentally as a literal path and I try to visualize whether it is clear, or whether I’ve allowed sin in the path to get in my way of walking closely with the Lord.
What I also need to remeber is that when I don’t follow through with my next good thing, it doesn’t just affect me. It also affects those that the next good thing would have encouraged, or the change it would have made in me that day that would have directly changed my attitude, prayer life or perspective.
Those decisions affect those closest to me, but also the people who are part of the ripple affect. (more on that next time…)
So my challenge to myself (and I hope you will come along with me) is to not only find the next good thing, but to do the next good thing God has for me, and then pray God will allow me to see the ripple affect it has.
What’s your next good thing? Or someone else’s next good thing that impacted you in a way that changed your life? Would love to hear about it in the comments or message me!