Small But Mighty

By Linda Tancs

Jesus’s parable concerning the mustard seed (see, e.g., Matthew 13:31–32) explores the theme of growth from small beginnings. Indeed, the choice of a mustard seed is instructive, not necessarily because of its smallness but rather because it results in a tree that reaches a height (and even width) of 20 feet or more. The key to its growth, though, is attention and cultivation. God gives the seed to the sower and expects it to be cultivated. Good things often start small and grow over time, so maintain confidence in His plan for you (Zechariah 4:10). He’s planting seeds of greatness that you may cultivate months, even years, from now.

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

Above the Kármán Line

By Linda Tancs

The Kármán line is the boundary between Earth and outer space. It was developed by Hungarian physicist Theodore von Kármán, who determined that the boundary is roughly 60 miles up. That’s a long way up, but not nearly as high as Heaven. So where is Heaven? Above the Kármán line, to be sure. It’s the highest heaven (Deuteronomy 10:14). The apostle Paul referred to it as the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:2). Using that description, our immediate atmosphere is the first heaven, and outer space is the second heaven. Jesus’s description is the best of all: paradise (Luke 23:43).

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

Don’t Sit This One Out

By Linda Tancs

We’ll all familiar with sitting things out. It might be on the dance floor. Or the sports field. In one way or another, we opt out of something, or some things, in life. There’s a faith-filled song called “I Hope You Dance” that exhorts us not to sit it out but to dance. As physicist Sir Isaac Newton said, an object in motion stays in motion. Press on and persevere (Philippians 3:14) and God will meet you there (Proverbs 13:4).

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

God’s Goodness

By Linda Tancs

There’s a type of atheist that I view as a “situational atheist.” Maybe you know the type: someone who grew up in the church but decided that God does not exist in response to a traumatic life event. This turn to atheism is often motivated by anger, not intellectualism. It stems from a misunderstanding about the nature of God. God is good, all the time, even when things go terribly wrong. God’s goodness is not dependent on your circumstances; he doesn’t have a “dark side.” (1 John 1:5). David extolled the goodness of God no matter what was happening to him (Psalm 106:1). It’s the key to trusting that, whatever happens, in the end it will all work together for good (Romans 8:28) because when you follow in His light you see light ahead (Psalm 36:9).


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

Failing Forward

By Linda Tancs

John Calvin Maxwell is an American author and pastor who has written many books on leadership. He exhorts his readers to “fail forward.” Failing forward means, in essence, to learn from your mistakes. Do you learn from your failings or define yourself by them? Do you break down or break through? (See, e.g., James 1:2-4; Psalm 145:14). How you react to failure is like the difference between being “thrown under the bus” and driving the bus.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, 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 Biggest Loser

By Linda Tancs

The Biggest Loser was a popular reality show, tracking people as they lost enormous amounts of weight until one of them became “the biggest loser.” Unlike the positive outcome of that show, the devil would have you believe that you’re the biggest loser. He’d also like you to think of yourself as the weakest link, the title of another popular game show. The biggest loser. The weakest link. We all have our own version of negative self-talk. But it’s nothing but a lie from the pit of Hell, instigated by the father of lies (John 8:44). The devil comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Don’t take the bait. Focus on the positives (Philip 4:8). You’re more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) and stronger than you know (Philippians 4:13).

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

You’re Not Taking Up Space

By Linda Tancs

Have you ever felt like you’re just on planet Earth taking up space? It’s easy to succumb to that kind of thinking when you’re feeling powerless, defeated, despondent. Maybe you feel like you haven’t lived up to your expectations or those of others. Consider Jesus’s Parable of the Talents (see, e.g., Matthew 25:14). In that parable, a master puts his servants in charge of his goods while he is away on a trip and, upon his return, he assesses their stewardship. Every servant has a role to play; no one is excluded. In the same way that the master put his servants in charge of his goods, God has entrusted His life to you. In other words, He’s placed His gifts and talents on the inside of you. With such a priceless conveyance, you could never be here just taking up space. You have a mission, a destiny (Jeremiah 29:11). There’s no room for doubt, but there’s plenty of room for you.

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

Resistance and Obedience

By Linda Tancs

Do you remember the story of Joseph and Potiphar (Genesis 39:1-20)? Potiphar was a guard in Pharaoh’s house when Jacob’s son Joseph (he with the coat of many colors) was sold by his brothers to a caravan of Ishmaelites, who in turn sold him to Potiphar. Joseph prospered in his duties–that, is, until Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. He refused her advances in obedience to Potiphar, his master. Potiphar’s wife represents our temptations, those lures we know we need to resist. Do you resist them in obedience to your Master?

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

Let the Chips Fall

By Linda Tancs

The expression “let the chips fall where they may” suggests allowing events to unfold without interference. One source indicates that the phrase originated in the woodcutting trade, implying that a woodcutter should focus on log cutting and not worry about where the small chips fall. Do you look at “the big picture” or do you get mired in the details? You can’t understand everything. And if you obsess over details, then you’ll likely worry and fall into sin (Matthew 6:25-30). Even if you see the big picture, remember that God sees the bigger picture (Psalm 139:16). Let God arrange the chips (Psalm 46:10).

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

Put Fear in Perspective

By Linda Tancs

John Witherspoon, the only cleric to sign the Declaration of Independence, said: “It is only the fear of God that can deliver us from the fear of man.” His point was to keep fear in perspective. The Bible commands us to reverentially fear the Lord (Psalm 86:11). Why should we fear the Lord? Because a reverential fear of God casts out all other fears. It’s an act of faith that we trust Him in all circumstances. A person who fears God will not ultimately fear anyone, or anything, else (Psalm 118:6).

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