Learning to do one thing


The one thing I ask of the Lord—
    the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections . . .

Psalm 27:4 NLT

The deer in my neighborhood seek one thing: to eat the apples on my neighbor’s tree. In order to get to the tree, they need to cross the road in front of my house. They do not hurry nor (to my knowledge) worry.

They remain in the middle of the road and stare at my car. They model focus and boldness. Characteristics I desire. Characteristics I need if I expect to enjoy the presence of Jesus all the days of my life.

Though my mind wanders and I imperfectly focus, Jesus gently brings this to my attention. He shows me that my heart is never happy when I wander away, trying to do a multitude of tasks at the same time. In his presence, I am totally satisfied and unafraid.

I am learning to do one thing at a time. That thing is to focus on him.

What about you? What or whom are you focusing on today? How satisfied do you feel?

 I am doing just one thing,
 One thing at a time;
 It’s the task that God gives me,
 As I listen to him.
  
 In the morning, I remember
 To seek consultation;
 I need grace and wisdom
 Because  I’m  his creation.
  
 I am doing just one thing,
 One thing at a time;
 It’s the task that God gives me,
 As I listen to him.
  
 I return every hour;
 He reviews my direction
 And shows me quite clearly
 The next best selection
  
 I am doing just one thing,
 One thing at a time;
 It’s the task that God gives me,
 As I listen to him.
  
 In the evening, I ask him
 To help me review
 The things that I’ve done—
 Have I followed through?
  
 Have I done just one thing?
 One thing at a time?
 Was it the task God gave me?
 Or was it just mine?
  
 I, imperfectly stick to 
 One thing at a time
 God gently corrects me
 When I’m out-of-line
  
 I am doing just one thing,
 One thing at a time;
 It’s the task that God gives me,
 As I listen to him.
  
 Nov 2, 2019
 Jane Ault 

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