Treated Like Dirt

By Linda Tancs

Dirt gets a bad rap. We often refer to it in negative terms, like talking about being treated like dirt or getting the dirt on someone. In biblical terms, though, dirt is a great resource. After all, God formed man out of dirt (Genesis 2:7). Our natural environment, too, is borne out of the earth. Consider the beauty and wonder of the canyons in Arizona or the red rocks in Australia. Dirt isn’t such a bad thing, after all.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Priorities

By Linda Tancs

A study once concluded that the average person will spend four times more of life getting dressed than communing with God. We commune with God through prayer, bible study and worship. How much time do you spend with God? Do you let other “priorities” get in the way? Spending time with God is not just a matter of desire but of obedience (Matthew 22:37). When you put God first, it doesn’t go unnoticed (Matthew 6:33). Don’t try to fit God into your schedule; fit your schedule around God.

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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.

 

 

 

Members Only

By Linda Tancs

Remember the popularity of Members Only® clothing in the 80s? It isn’t hard to imagine why. After all, who doesn’t like membership? Folks flock to membership in country clubs, interest groups and social media organizations. But belonging has its setbacks, especially when it’s used as a means to exclude others. Even the apostles fell prey to a “members only” mentality. In Mark’s gospel, he relates their disapproval of someone who is not a part of Jesus’s inner circle doing wonderful deeds in His name. But Jesus applauds the effort, showing an attitude of inclusion (Mark 9:38-40).

In Christ, “members only” takes on a different meaning. We are all members of His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). It’s the same membership, the same calling. No one member is greater than the others (Matthew 20:26). And the primary purpose of the membership is to serve Him by reaching out to others in love (Galatians 5:13). That’s a club worth joining.

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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.

 

 

 

Your Trust Fund

By Linda Tancs

You don’t need to be a debutante like Paris Hilton to have a trust fund. We all, in fact, have a trust fund. A trust fund is generally defined as a fund consisting of assets held in trust by a trustee for the benefit of beneficiaries.

We all have assets in the form  of a body, soul and spirit. We steward these assets; we don’t own them. They belong to our Lord. We entrust their disposal to Him, Who promises to guide and direct us in their use (Proverbs 16:9). That’s a fund worth investing in.

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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.

 

Let God Fix It

By Linda Tancs

In the children’s animated series Bob the Builder, Bob and his work crew go about completing construction projects. Bob’s famous catchphrase is “Can we fix it?” His colleagues respond, “Yes, we can!”

In the spiritual world, God is the Master Builder (Hebrews 3:4). He begins a work in you and finishes it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Your task is to cooperate in the process but, ultimately, God will fix what needs fixing. That may mean letting go of some things that are unfit for God’s purpose for you—maybe that’s an unsuitable occupation you’ve pursued or the wrong kind of friends. Whatever it may be, let God be the architect of your life. Can He fix it? Yes, He can.

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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 Promised Land

By Linda Tancs

At the Mount Nebo Memorial in Jordan there’s a view of the Promised Land as Moses would’ve seen it. Of course, Moses never reached that land. He died on Mount Nebo (Deuteronomy 34:1-5). His successor, Joshua, ultimately led the Israelites into the Promised Land.

We all have a promised land, some purpose that God has designed us to fulfill. Maybe you’ve reached your “promised land.” Maybe you’re still in the process of doing so, or maybe you don’t know your promised land. Whatever your case, there’s a road ahead of you waiting to be navigated. Ask God for directions.

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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.

 

 

Good as Gold

By Linda Tancs

We often ascribe the expression “as good as gold” to someone exhibiting good behavior. It takes on an interesting twist in Japan, where the art of kintsugi is the practice of using gold lacquer to repair broken pottery. In a real sense, the broken object becomes as good as gold.

Life is like kintsugi. There are lots of broken places—physical, mental and emotional—that, when mixed with brighter things, ultimately yield something good. Out of the ash, the broken places, comes beauty (Isaiah 61:1-3) if you’ll let the Lord fill in the cracks.

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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 Guiding Light

By Linda Tancs

I love lighthouses. I love everything about them—their history, form, function, even romanticism. Although they don’t serve the same navigational function in maritime safety today as in previous centuries, many of those lights still sparkle for seafarers. Lighthouses remind me of Jesus. After all, He did say that He is the light of the world (John 8:12). He is the ultimate lightkeeper.

When we look to Jesus for salvation and follow His teaching, we’re restored in relationship with God, and He gives us new power and purpose. His transforming life and love—“the light of all mankind” (John 1:4)—shines in us and through us and out to a dark and sometimes dangerous world.

As believers in Jesus, we become “keepers of the light.” May others see His light shine from us and discover the life and hope He alone can give!

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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.

 

Take the Wheel

By Linda Tancs

Singer Carrie Underwood recorded a song entitled “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” It’s about letting go, letting God handle the situation. During hard times we cry out to Jesus to take the wheel, steer us where He wants us to go. And sometimes, that request may be greeted with silence. Does that mean God doesn’t care? Of course not. Maybe you’re asking God to do something you could easily do yourself (Proverbs 13:4). Perhaps He wants you to take the wheel. In other words, step out and find out. Get in the driver’s seat.

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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.

 

Turning Back Time

By Linda Tancs
Cher sang a song titled “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Well, none of us can do that. But God can. He promises that He’ll turn back time, restore the lost years (Joel 2:25). In the Book of Joel, God promises His people an abundant harvest for the years lost through locust infestation. You might not be dealing with actual locusts but rather a functional equivalent. What is it? An ill-considered career choice? Abuse? Isolation? Regardless whether it has lasted weeks, months or even years, all is not lost.

With God, time is always on your side.
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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.