Practice What You Preach

By Linda Tancs

Do you practice what you preach? In other words, do you behave in the way you ask others to behave? Parents will counsel their children against smoking, drinking, gambling, stealing, hanging out with the wrong people, etc. But do they lead by example? Hopefully, most of the time. But we all have times when we don’t lead by example. Jesus admonished the Pharisees for failing to practice what they preach (Matthew 23:1-4). There’s more to a sermon than just words. As St. Francis of Assisi put it, “Preach always and at times use words.”

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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.

Humble Perseverance

By Linda Tancs

A hallmark of perseverance is endurance, or steadfastness. Perseverance is an admirable quality. We’re encouraged to endure in many ways—in doing good (2 Thessalonians 3:13), in accepting the trials of life (James 1:2-4), in prayer (Romans 12:12). So it may seem counterintuitive to think of humility as an aspect of perseverance. But perseverance requires humility to obtain the desired result. Consider a tree that is unable to bend in a hurricane; it may end up uprooted. However, a tree that can yield is likely to survive. Steadfastness can lead to arrogance and, ultimately, a fall if it isn’t coupled with the humility to recognize that our strength and determination is a gift from God and not ours alone. Acknowledge Him for the capacity that He gives you to endure (1 Peter 5:6-7) .

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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.

Don’t Blame the Wrong Thing

By Linda Tancs

You might have heard someone in your family exclaim, “What is this world coming to?” Actually, the world isn’t coming to anything. It’s the behavior of people in the world that drives the course of history. There is nothing inherently wrong with the world. Considering that the problem lies with the actions of people comprising the world, it’s also worthwhile to remember that people aren’t “bad”; behaviors are bad. It’s a distinction we often ignore when dealing with others and sometimes even with ourselves. King David understood the distinction and resolved to make things right in himself (Psalm 139:23-24). You can, too. Whatever may be broken in our world we can change, one behavior at a time.

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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.

Sifting Through

By Linda Tancs

It’s not surprising that wheat is mentioned so often in the Bible. After all, it’s one of the sacred species (Deuteronomy 8:8). Wheat is obtained through sifting, a vigorous shaking process that separates the chaff from the kernel. In other words, the valuable part is harvested from the rest through a process of disruption. Chances are, there are a few things in your life that need to be shaken up to get at what’s truly valuable. Something is holding you back. Maybe it’s a weakness, but it could also be an overestimation of a skill or talent (Proverbs 16:18). Sift through it.

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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.

Ignore the Critics

By Linda Tancs

At any point in life you’ll encounter, or have encountered, one or more folks who are more than happy to tell you what you can’t do and what you’ll never be. Ignore the critics. In God’s eyes, you’re a mighty hero (Judges 6:12). God has set you apart from the low expectations of others. That kind of behavior is often motivated by fear. You’re trying to do things that so many other people are afraid to do. And when people can’t get themselves to do something, they criticize other people who do. Stay focused on God’s opinion of you. Keep calm and carry on.

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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.

Forgive Completely

By Linda Tancs

The Bible calls on us not to earnestly remember the former things (Isaiah 43:18). When you “earnestly” remember something, you purposefully bring it to your consciousness. That’s especially problematic when it comes to forgiveness. After all, Jesus said that we’re to forgive completely (Matthew 18:21-22). That doesn’t mean you call a truce; it’s a matter of total amnesty. Leave it, drop it, let it go. Forgive others as you would like God to forgive you (Matthew 6:12).

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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.

Watch Your Mouth

By Linda Tancs

Chances are, you were told as a child to “watch your mouth.” That warning meant more than you could possibly have known. After all, the Bible warns us that words matter (Matthew 12:36-37). God spoke the world into existence with His words. You can just as easily bring it down with your own. Know when to keep your mouth shut (Proverbs 10:19).

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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.

Whose You Are

By Linda Tancs

Do you identify by your occupation? You may see yourself through that prism, but God doesn’t see us that way. He doesn’t see us as doctors, lawyers, truck drivers, you name it. He sees us as a reflection of His Son. It isn’t your “do” (your occupation) that’s important; it’s your “who” (your completeness in Christ) that matters. It’s whose you are that counts (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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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.

Worthy or Worthless

By Linda Tancs

The Book of Job reminds us not to trust in worthless things because there’s no return on investment (Job 15:31). Is what you trust in worthless, or worthy? Worldly things are ultimately worthless—your job title, net worth, circle of friends, influence, etc. As the old saying goes, you can’t take it with you. So trust in what is worthy—the One who gives wisdom, honor, glory and blessing (Revelation 4:11).

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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 Great Evacuation

By Linda Tancs

Evacuation routes are common wherever devastating weather tends to occur. But there’s another type of evacuation that takes places for believers. Commonly referred to as the Rapture, it’s God’s evacuation of His people to Heaven. Unlike earthly weather events, there will be no signs anticipating this evacuation. As the Bible explains, it will happen in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52). You won’t need a go-bag either, but you should be prepared nonetheless.

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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.