We’re In the Same Boat

By Linda Tancs

The expression “in the same boat” connotes a state of camaraderie, or commiseration. The apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John were in the same boat, fishermen called to discipleship by Jesus. Just regular folks going about their business, invited by a stranger to associate with Him and participate in His missionary work (Matthew 4:18-22). We’re all in the same boat as those first followers, just ordinary people called to do what only we can do, to be part of a plan we may never fully realize or understand. As theologian John Henry Newman put it, each of us is “a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.” We each have a mission not committed to anyone else.

Get in the boat.

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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.

But God

By Linda Tancs

One of many phrases found consistently throughout various iterations of the Bible is “but God.” It’s a hopeful and restorative phrase (see, e.g., Psalm 49:15; Psalm 73:26; Acts 3:15). You might be more familiar, though, with “but how.” It shows up when a payment is looming, a marriage breaking, or a job ending, among other things. The next time you’re tempted to think “but how” think “but God” instead.

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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.

Beauty in the Bud

By Linda Tancs

People often talk about becoming “undone,” a phrase that usually evokes an emotional or trying circumstance. But think of the bud on a plant. What happens when the bud is undone? A flower emerges. There’s beauty in the breaking. Life is full of buds. What looks like a setback might just be a setup for something better. Focus on the break, not the bud (Isaiah 61:1-3).

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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.

Catch More Flies

By Linda Tancs

There’s an old Italian proverb that says you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. In other words, you’ll get on better in life if you’re kind. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Popular campaigns like Random Acts of Kindness and Pay It Forward encourage us to be kind. In Ephesians 4:32, to be kind is mentioned first. Kindness benefits the one being kind (Proverbs 11:17) and honors God. So spare the vinegar and use more honey.

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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.

Forgiveness is a Gift

By Linda Tancs

You’ve no doubt heard it said that forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. It might sound like a cliché, but it’s grounded in the Bible. In fact, God Himself said that He blots out our sins for His “own sake” (Isaiah 43:25). Imagine that! Even God forgives sin for His own sake, for His own welfare. Forgive others for your own sake. If God can do it, then so can 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 and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

True Wealth

By Linda Tancs

How do you define wealth? The dictionary defines it as material prosperity. Are you wealthy in what matters to you? That was the condition of a rich man in a parable told by Jesus. The man was so successful that he didn’t have enough space to store his harvest. So he tore down his barns and built bigger ones, only to die that very night and bring it all to naught. The point of the story is that the man defined wealth by what mattered to him and not by what mattered to God (Luke 12:16-21). Be rich in what matters to God. The rest will wither like grass (1 Peter 1:24).

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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 Presence of Christmas

By Linda Tancs

Christmas is a gift-giving season, as anyone knows. But in the hustle and bustle, we often forget that it’s not about the presents–it’s about the Presence (Luke 2:1-20). The Presence gives us many presents: gifts of love, hope, peace, joy and salvation, just to name a few. Enjoy His presents this Christmas.

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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.

God’s Work

By Linda Tancs

When someone is called to a noble or charitable task, they’re praised for “doing God’s work.” God’s work reaches beyond charitable endeavors, though. Every undertaking should reflect a dependence on God in keeping with His perspective and will as reflected in His word (Psalm 127:11). Do you work with and for God or to satisfy your own ends? Be fruitful, not fruitless.

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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.

Do the Right Thing

By Linda Tancs

It’s been over 30 years since the release of director Spike Lee’s provocative film, Do The Right Thing. The title of that movie got me thinking about what doing the right thing looks like. The Book of Micah (6:8) sets it out nicely. It’s about doing what is right to other people. Being kind. Living with humility, respect and integrity. Trusting God. What can you add to the list?

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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.

Don’t Pretend to be Busy

By Linda Tancs

Have you ever watched someone pretend to be busy? Maybe it was a student in a classroom actively typing away on a laptop, only the notes were actually emails to friends. Or maybe you’ve caught a coworker jotting down notes in a business meeting, only to find that the notes had nothing to do with the meeting. Pretending to be busy is slacking off. Maybe that’s why Jesus got so angry with the fig tree that didn’t actually bear fruit (Matthew 21:18-19). It had all the outward appearances of being fruitful until a closer inspection revealed it wasn’t fulfilling its intended purpose. Don’t be a slacker, like a student, or a colleague or a fig tree. It’s just as destructive in God’s eyes as violence (Proverbs 18:9).

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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.