Be Still

By Linda Tancs

Someone once said, “Christianity is fundamentally convalescence.” That’s an interesting way to put it! We typically think of convalescence in the context of recovering from something. In addition to recovery, other ways to think of it include recuperating, reviving, restoring, rejuvenating, mending or improving. Regardless how you think of it, convalescence is a process. I think that another way of understanding Christianity as convalescence is to be still enough to recognize Him as our refuge (Psalm 46:10). That might be hard to do if you’re a Type A, go-getter type. Let go of striving and be still.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Right Back Up

By Linda Tancs

Setbacks are hard, but they should be expected (John 16:33). After all, the enemy comes at us with the aim that we lose our hope (John 10:10). That’s why it’s so important to recover from disappointment as soon as possible (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). I’m reminded of that when I hear these words from a popular song: “Knock me down. It’s all in vain. I’ll get back on my feet again.” The devil is a defeated foe; you already have the victory (1 John 5:4). So get right back up.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

The Best Things

By Linda Tancs

Fashion designer Coco Chanel reputedly said, “The best things in life are free.” And so it is: the air we breathe, fresh water from a stream, our faith, our hope. Best of all is our salvation (Romans 6:23). How blessed are we that it comes to us without a price we need to pay. Jesus paid the price (John 10:9). All believers need to do is accept it for the precious gift that it is.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Be Careful What You Wish For

By Linda Tancs

You’ve no doubt heard the expression, “Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.” There’s a great illustration of that in the Bible, the parable about the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). In that story, a son wishes to receive an advance on his inheritance from his father and gets his wish, only to waste the money on dissolute living. In real life, stories abound of folks getting what they wished for, only to lose it through improper choices or bad advisors. The good news for the prodigal son is that he got to go home again and experience the love of his father. Similarly, we can experience the love of the Father when unanticipated results occur from an answered wish. Wishing is illusory because we only know in part (1 Corinthians 13:9). Like that son, the outcome may not be what you expected but, as the story shows, all things work together for good when you realize that His plan is ultimately better than a wish (Romans 8:28).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

The Glass is Half-Full

By Linda Tancs

Do you see the proverbial glass as half-empty or half-full? Psychologists use simple tests like this to determine whether a person tends to be an optimist or a pessimist. Optimists will usually say the glass is half-full, whereas pessimists will usually state that it’s half-empty. In a word, it’s about hope, which anchors the soul (Hebrews 6:19). Without it, you’re like a wandering nomad in ancient Israel. Pour hope into your life by trusting in God and, soon, the glass will be more than half-full (Romans 15:13).

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Number Your Days

By Linda Tancs

Typically, the expression “your days are numbered” doesn’t connote very good news, signaling that someone will not survive or remain in an advantageous position much longer. The Bible, however, exhorts us to number our days–in other words, to value every moment and learn from it (Psalm 90:12).

Do you go through life on auto pilot, letting life pass you by as you mindlessly go from task to task? Or do you take time to savor the moment? Brother Lawrence, a 17-century Carmelite monk, treasured each moment to the extent that he found profound peace and contentment in tasks as mundane as kitchen work. We should all be so blessed–and we can be–if we just resolve to remember that each day is a gift, specially allotted by God.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

A Provocative Question

By Linda Tancs

A religion writer was asked the provocative question why she remains a Christian. She replied that it’s because of Jesus and the stability that He offers (Hebrews 13:8). For me, a query like that is akin to asking me why I breathe. The answer, obviously, is to stay alive. In Him, I live and move and have my being (Acts 17:28). How would you answer the question?

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Don’t Quench the Spirit

By Linda Tancs

So how do you define the Holy Spirit? Many faithful will dutifully answer that the Spirit is the third Person in the Trinity. That’s a good starting point, but it isn’t the whole of it. The Spirit dwells in every believer. As Jesus taught, his ascension to Heaven would result in the sending of the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us (John 16:7). That means that Christ lives in each one of us, more present than He ever was when he lived on earth. The gifting of the Holy Spirit enables us to bear good fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). So it should come as no surprise that the apostle Paul would exhort followers not to quench the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Don’t restrain His influence; He desires to do a good work in you.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Out of the Wreckage

By Linda Tancs

All kinds of events can reduce a life to wreckage in one way or another: an earthquake, a job loss, an accident. The wreckage is both tangible (loss of habitat or earnings) and intangible (grief, depression or anxiety). Regardless of the nature of the wreckage, one thing will never change: God is always present (Deuteronomy 31:6). That’s hard to swallow in the midst of turmoil, when the propensity is great to view God as silent or absent. But have you ever noticed the folks who, in the midst of a disaster, reflect a peace that defies understanding? They possess the capacity to be still and let God do His work (Psalm 46:10). Scripture assures us that God delivers the brokenhearted from their troubles (Psalm 34:17-18). His power is perfected in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Seek Him out in your turmoil, and you’ll find Him (Jeremiah 29:12-13).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.

Shouldering the Burden

By Linda Tancs

In New York City’s Rockefeller Center, there’s a statue of Atlas, the ancient Greek Titan, holding the world on his shoulders. You might say he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. That sculpture reminds me of Jesus, who truly does hold the whole world in His hands. Isaiah foretold that a Son will be given to us, and the government (the world order) will rest on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). Until then, we’re all shouldering burdens of one kind or another but we won’t fall under the weight because the strength He imparts is great (Philippians 4:13).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES (a teaching and speaking ministry), Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith.