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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God is Unmatched

By Linda Tancs

What is the opposite of God? Many people answer that it’s the devil. Although the devil is certainly opposed to God, the devil is not God’s opposite. Satan’s opposite is the archangel Michael, one of only three angels specifically named in the Bible (Daniel 12:1; Revelation 12:7-9; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; and Jude 1:9). God has no equal. The devil may be mighty, but God is Almighty.

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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 End of the Rope

By Linda Tancs

A common utterance is “I’m at the end of my rope.” Spoken out of emotions like desperation, depression or exasperation, it’s easy to think that you’re handling all that you can, that you can bear no more. If the phrase were true, then maybe you’d have a point. But it’s a false statement. You are not at the end of your rope—God is (Isaiah 41:10). And He’s pulling the rope in His direction. Let Him lead; don’t play “tug of war.”

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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 Eyes Have It

By Linda Tancs

You’ve no doubt heard the expression “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,” signifying someone who is alert, lively and eager. It’s a state to which we all should aspire. Even Jesus told His disciples that the lamp of the body is the eye (Matthew 6:22). Indeed, the way that you look at things affects your condition. Do you see things through the prism of light, in a way that reflects positive attributes like love, joy, peace, kindness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)? Or do you see things darkly, with an eye toward malevolence, pride, envy, lust or any number of other characteristics frowned upon scripturally (Colossians 3:5)?

Jesus’s words give us the popular phrase, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” Keep your eyes on God and His ways and you’ll be in great shape.

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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.

 

Finish Your Plate

By Linda Tancs

When you were a child, you might’ve been told to “finish your plate.” Maybe you were reminded of all the other children in the world who were starving for what was left on your plate. Jesus didn’t like waste, either. In one story of Jesus’s feeding of the multitudes, He instructed His disciples to gather the leftovers so that nothing would be wasted (John 6:10-12).

Waste isn’t just about food. What have you left on your plate, metaphorically speaking? What’s used up, worn out, fragmented? God’s power is perfected in your scraps, the bits and pieces (2 Corinthians 12:9). Give your unfinished plate to God, and He’ll make a banquet out of it (John 6:13).

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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.

 

Hope Floats

By Linda Tancs

Entering a body of water (even a pool) as a nonswimmer can be intimidating. That’s one reason why a place like the Dead Sea is so exciting. Given its high salt content (almost 10 times that of normal sea water), you float rather than sink. How pleasant not to need a life vest!

The Dead Sea reminds me of the expression “hope floats.” Indeed, hope is buoyant, and you don’t need to float in the Dead Sea to get it. Everyone can experience the buoyancy that hope brings. It uplifts the spirit, bringing joy (Proverbs 10:28), courage (2 Corinthians 3:12) and redemption (Psalm 130:7). The next time you’re floating in a pool, think of that.

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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.

 

Peace Comes With a Price

By Linda Tancs

Two world wars and numerous other conflicts provide us with ample evidence that peace comes with a price. This is illustrated biblically as well, particularly when Jesus shows His disciples the wounds of his crucifixion and offers them His shalom peace (John 20:19-23), a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

What price are you willing to pay for peace—in your family, in your work, in your life? What do you need to sacrifice? Maybe it’s your ego, your identification with material things or a toxic relationship. What do you need to do to amplify your shalom peace and extend it to others?

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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.

 

Don’t Hog Your Journey

By Linda Tancs

A TV personality once shared some advice she’d been given: don’t hog your journey; it isn’t just for you. Life is meant to be shared. One person’s trouble is another’s beacon. You never know how your own journey can impact others. Solomon reminds us of that in Ecclesiastes, wherein he says that there’s power in numbers (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Put another way by an old rock band, “one is the loneliest number.”

Be a mentor. Be a friend. Share what you know. Don’t let your life be the best-kept secret.

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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.

 

 

Time and Money

By Linda Tancs

A long-professed proverb of sorts is “time is money,” commonly used to indicate that the less time you waste, the more you’ll get done and the more money you’ll make. But like so many oft-used expressions, there’s plenty of meaning behind the meaning. Time is, indeed, currency. Even the poet Carl Sandburg called time “the coin of your life.” Like money, we spend time. And, like money, once we spend time, it’s gone. Sometimes we have more of it and sometimes we have less. We take time for ourselves and give it to others. Whereas money managers tell us how to make the best use of our money, the Bible exhorts us to make the best use of our time (Ephesians 5:16). As the apostle James reminds us, sometimes we plot and plan our time around making money, failing to realize that our times are ultimately in His hands (James 4:13-15).

How do you spend your time?

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On the Mountaintop

By Linda Tancs

What’s your favorite mountaintop view? One of my favorites is the view of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, from Snow Mountain. It’s no wonder that the Bible speaks of going up mountains. After all, what do you see from the mountaintop? Everything. It changes your perspective.

Mountains bring to mind Psalm 104:8—the mountains rose and the valley sank. From the mountaintop, everything seems so small.

View your life as from a mountaintop. When your perspective gets larger, your problems get smaller—worries, anxieties, offenses, you name it. They sink.

Climb every mountain, as an old song says. The view is so worth it.

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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.