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.

A Fresh Cut

By Linda Tancs

Circumcision was enjoined upon the biblical patriarch Abraham and his descendants as a token of the everlasting covenant concluded with him by God for all generations (Genesis 17:13). The New Covenant brings a new circumcision, one not reliant on the law of Moses but nonetheless foretold by Ezekiel (36:26) and Jeremiah (31:33). It’s a circumcision of the heart (Romans 2:29), a renewal of the Spirit resulting in a cutting away of the old nature in favor of a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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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.

An Attitude of Gratitude

By Linda Tancs

A Jewish prayer on awakening is “Modeh ani l’fanecha,” which literally means “Thanks I give to Your face.” What’s notable about this is that the word “thanks” is rendered first (modeh) rather than “I give thanks” (ani modeh), which is grammatically expected. The intent of this prayer is that gratitude is the first thing that should come out of one’s mouth. In popular culture, we’re always exhorted to have an attitude of gratitude. More importantly, it’s a biblical mandate (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Don’t treat an upcoming holiday like Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) as your big day to be grateful. Make gratitude a habit each day of the year.

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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.

Relax

By Linda Tancs

I have a sculpture of a pelican sitting atop a rock emblazoned with the word “RELAX” in large type. I love the symbolism of it, reminding me to be still, just as Jesus said to the waves on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:39). It means that I don’t need to know the particulars of how, when or where God will do His work in my life. I only need to relax, knowing that He will do what needs to be done at the right time. Your role in life isn’t to play all the parts yourself. Play your part, and let God do His part (Psalm 32:8).

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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.

What is Hope?

By Linda Tancs

Billy Graham once wrote that hope is the sum of faith plus commitment. Indeed, hope has an element of faith (Hebrews 11:1). Hope also takes commitment, persistence and perseverance (Zechariah 9:12) lest you lose heart. Think of your own equation for hope.

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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.

Promotion

By Linda Tancs

It’s hard to talk about death or dying. That’s why you hear euphemisms like “passing away” or “expired” or “end of life.” Believers, in particular, use phrases like “gone to be with the Lord,” “homegoing” or “gone to Heaven.” Sometimes people use the word “promotion.” That’s a great way to speak about death—as a promotion to Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8). The world is full of people striving for a promotion—in social circles, online or on the job. But promotion to Heaven is the best advancement you’ll ever receive.

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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 Cistern

By Linda Tancs

We live in an age of “cancellation.” Cancel culture is a form of ostracism in which someone is removed, personally or professionally, from a physical or online environment. People are cancelled regularly because of their social, religious or political views irrespective of their socioeconomic status. No one is immune from cancellation. It’s tempting to think of cancellation as a modern phenomenon but it’s really as old as time; only the methodology has changed. In the prophet Jeremiah’s time, cancellation meant being thrown into a cistern because his words were unpopular. In Jeremiah’s case, though, his cancellation was overturned when an official complained to the king that the prophet had been treated unfairly (Jeremiah 38:4-10). It’s fair to say that Jeremiah would’ve stayed in the cistern, unwilling to compromise his values. Would you do the same?

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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.

Speak to the Rock

By Linda Tancs

During their exodus, the Israelites sometimes lacked water. On one such occasion, God told Moses to speak to a rock for water to flow. Unfortunately, Moses struck the rock instead and suffered the consequences of his disobedience (Numbers 20:2-12). The story of the rock provides a metaphor for approaching problems. Think of a rock as an obstacle, a problem. If you speak to it, then you attempt to relate to it, to come to terms with it. But if you butt heads with it by striking out against it, then you only make the problem worse.

What are your rocks in life? Speak to them.

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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.

Owning It

By Linda Tancs

A popular phrase these days is “owning it,” meaning that you take responsibility for the outcome or decision you made. In the spiritual realm, the term has no meaning because we don’t own anything (Mark 12:17). We are stewards. Our entire being, all of our outcomes and decisions, for better or worse, belong to Him. That doesn’t mean, of course, that we abdicate any responsibility for what we do on earth. Just don’t hang on to your outcomes like possessions. Instead, acknowledge that everything you are belongs to Him and allow Him to shape you as He sees fit (Isaiah 64:8).

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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.

Be Still

By Linda Tancs

Someone once said, “Christianity is fundamentally convalescence.” That’s an interesting way to put it! We typically think of convalescence in the context of recovering from something. In addition to recovery, other ways to think of it include recuperating, reviving, restoring, rejuvenating, mending or improving. Regardless how you think of it, convalescence is a process. I think that another way of understanding Christianity as convalescence is to be still enough to recognize Him as our refuge (Psalm 46:10). That might be hard to do if you’re a Type A, go-getter type. Let go of striving and be still.

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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.