Begin where you are now. Obey now.
These two sentences always cause me to pause. And give me direction.
They are from a devotional included in the book, Disciplines in the Inner Life. *
Perhaps you are wondering how to move forward. You can’t see the big picture but know that you need to do something. But how?
I know what that’s like.
Let me share a bit more from these writings. They strengthen me. Encourage me. And provide me with the next step.
Begin where you are. Obey now. Use what little obedience you are capable of, even if it be like a grain of mustard seed. Begin where you are.
Live this present moment, this present hour as you now sit in your seats, in utter submission and openness toward Him. Listen outwardly to these words, but within, behind the scenes, in the deeper levels of your lives where you are all alone with God the Loving Eternal One, keep up a silent prayer, ‘Open Thou my life. Guide my thoughts where I dare not let them go. Be Thou darest. Thy will be done.’
Walk on the streets and chat with your friends. But every moment behind the scenes be in prayer, offering yourselves in continuous obedience…
It is well to use a single sentence, repeated over and over and over again, such as this:
‘Be Thou my will. Be Thou my will.’
* Disciplines in the Inner Life by Bob Benson and Michael Benson, pg 289. Published by Thomas Nelson, 1989.