Ninja Warriors

By Linda Tancs

Ninjas are all the rage. It began years ago with Ninja Turtles. Now it’s the TV franchise, Ninja Warrior. It’s inspirational to watch the athletic, ninja-like abilities of contestants on shows like American Ninja Warrior.

Well, imagine those kinds of ninja abilities in the spiritual realm. In fact, Scripture lists a series of supernatural abilities doled out to believers as the Spirit determines—things like the ability to prophesy, discern good from evil, heal or speak in tongues (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). Sounds like a ninja warrior to me. Will you accept the call?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Stay Interested

By Linda Tancs

Publius Syrus was an ancient writer. The saying “a rolling stone gathers no moss” is attributed to him. He also said, “We are interested in others when they are interested in us.” That’s as true today as it was in ancient times. After all, don’t we tend to shower attention on those who behave favorably toward us? However, the Bible exhorts us to love those who hate us, to act outside your social circle (Matthew 5:43-48). How can we ever build relationships and understanding if we don’t treat everyone like the friendly next-door neighbor or a good friend? Be neighborly (Luke 10:29-37). It doesn’t matter if they’re interested.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Free to Be Me

By Linda Tancs

A well-known spiritual thinker once remarked, “What other people think of me is none of my business.” The apostle Paul would’ve doubtless agreed (1 Corinthians 4:3). Yet how often do we agonize over what others think of us. How often do you ponder whether others approve of your personal or professional choices or direction? Imagine how freeing it is to be independent of the thoughts, actions and opinions of other people toward you. Now there’s a liberty worth pursuing.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Go With the Flow

By Linda Tancs

Do you often “go with the flow?” It’s a common expression and a common occurrence, generally related to accepting a situation. Sometimes, that’s a good thing, like forgoing your own individual interest in favor of the desires of another or of a group—for instance,  letting someone else pick the restaurant or the movie. In other scenarios, it’s not such a good thing, akin to following an angry mob. The consequences can be harsh, like ignoring the blight of social injustice or showing the kind of insensitivity that many social media posts represent.

Spiritually speaking, to go with the flow is to keep in the way and the will of God, not man. (1 John 4:4). Don’t get caught in an undertow (Ephesians 2:1-2).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

 

The Heart-Mouth Connection

By Linda Tancs

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the title character says, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” You may not agree with that sentiment, but it does highlight a biblical principle—namely, not all thoughts are pleasing to God. That’s why we’re admonished to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). Otherwise, the bad thoughts will make their way into your heart and come out of your mouth (Matthew 12:33-34). You are what you think (Proverbs 23:7). Would others view you differently if they knew what you were thinking?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

 

Are You Full?

By Linda Tancs

After a hearty meal, we usually say that we’re full. Unless you’re gluttonous (Philippians 3:19), it’s okay to be full in that instance. In every other case, don’t be full of yourself (Proverbs 16:18). Be full of God instead (Ephesians 3:19). Speak the way God would speak. Think the way God would think. Act the way God would act. Then you’ll have a fullness of Spirit that never abates (Psalm 27:4).

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Winning

By Linda Tancs

Some game shows let you play along at home. In some cases, you may have to set up a free account and check in to see if you won. Given the odds, in all likelihood you’ll receive a message informing you that “you are not a winner.” Nobody necessarily likes hearing that he or she is not a winner, but from a spiritual point of view it’s quite amusing. After all, a believer gets the best prize of all—eternal life (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). So the next time you lose a round in an earthly pursuit, remember that, and smile.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Zero Tolerance

By Linda Tancs

We often hear news reports about zero-tolerance policies, often because they’ve been violated by way of harassment, discrimination, violence or other things. In our own lives, we establish zero-tolerance policies, too. Parents establish zero-tolerance policies with their children around behavioral issues like disobedience, lying and stealing. Spouses establish zero-tolerance policies concerning issues like adultery and abusive behavior. Individually, we resolve (especially around the New Year) to stop tolerating our own proclivities toward indecisiveness, fear, impatience and a host of other attributes.

The Bible encourages a zero-tolerance policy against ungodly thoughts, words and behaviors (Romans 13:14). The best way to enforce the policy is to look for wisdom (Romans 12:2) and perspective (Philippians 4:8) as your anchors.

Does your policy need updating?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

 

Rudolph’s Bible Lesson

By Linda Tancs

Remember Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer? Yeah, the one with the shiny and glowing nose. The one who was so different from his contemporaries that they shunned him. Nobody wanted Rudy as a playmate. But, oh, how things changed when Santa realized how Rudy’s bright, glowing nose could cut through the fog on Christmas Eve and get him where he needed to go (which was everywhere, of course). Then the other reindeer loved him, as the song goes. The “loser” was now a winner.

There’s a Bible lesson in this cherished song. To be sure, the favorable outcome for Rudy shows how others’ harm can be worked out for good by God (Genesis 50:20). God refreshes and restores, as Psalm 23 reminds us. Rudy’s victory tasted sweet, like a banquet presented to him before his foes (Psalm 23:5).

Recall some of your favorite holiday songs and see how many biblical lessons you can find!

Snow Days

By Linda Tancs

What kid doesn’t love a snow day! It’s a time to rest, refresh or throw snowballs. Anyway you look at it, it’s a break from the routine. We could all use a snow day now and then, especially the spiritual kind. Jesus invites all of us to come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Even God rested when He created the world (Genesis 2:2-3). Medical research indicates that rest increases inspiration and self-discovery and helps us solve problems. Is it any wonder, then, that God wants you to take a snow day (Hebrews 4:9-11)?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Learn more at goforwardinfaith.com. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.