The Next Right Thing
I was super excited that Disney+ released Frozen II earlier than originally planned to give families a little joy and excitement during this time when we are all being asked to stay home to help Flatten The Curve. We hadn’t seen it yet and I had heard from others that it was good. So Sam and I snuggled into the couch for our premier viewing of the movie. There I was, sitting on the couch enjoying some escapism when Pabbie, the Troll King, rolled in and shared a piece of wisdom with Ana that pulled me back into the reality I was trying to tune out for a short while. He said, “When no one can see no future, all one can do is the next right thing.” Oh, Pabbie. You’re so wise! That’s so good!!!
As things continued to grow more uncertain, Ana remembered back to the Pabbie’s words and belted out a powerful song inspired by the words of the Troll King called “The Next Right Thing.” (When you’re done reading this, go look it up online and give it a listen!) Who knew I was going to be fed and filled with peace and strength in these days of uncertainty by a Disney movie? All one can do is the next right thing. Matthew 6:34 says, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” The reality is we don’t know how long we will be asked to take these extreme measures of sheltering in place and quarantining. But we do know that today is all we need to focus on; tomorrow is too overwhelming. All we need to do is the next right thing. So what is your next right thing going to be (besides looking up the song I asked you to listen to)? Calling a loved one? Writing a letter? Turing off the news? Reading your bible? Praying? Journaling? Baking? Napping? Planning your garden? Reading a new book or rereading an old favorite? Walking the dog? Dancing? Maybe make a list of some really good next right things you could do when you need a little motivation. I pray in the days to come that we can breathe deep, look for the good, and stay in the moment. There is no need for us to waste our time worrying about tomorrow. Instead, let’s just work on doing the next right thing. Stay safe. Be well. Be blessed. God is still good. Jesus is still the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Holy Spirit is still moving. Pastor Becky Butterfield