Quiet Quitting

By Linda Tancs

One of the latest trends in employment is quiet quitting, the act of doing the bare minimum to complete one’s work requirements. The causes for this behavior include burnout, lack of recognition or career development, boredom, despair, discouragement and depression. It’s not just a business issue, though. It can be relational and spiritual, too. Have you ever quiet quit your faith, or know someone who has? Maybe all someone can do is muster up a belief that God exists. Maybe they’ve given up on believing that He can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20), probably for the same kinds of reasons that someone quiet quits at work. A key to avoiding quiet quitting at work is engagement. The same applies to your spiritual life. A robust faith life takes work. It involves engaging with the Word on a daily basis, studying it and applying it. It involves prayer and trust (Hebrews 11:6). Stir up your faith (2 Timothy 1:6) and don’t quit on it.

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Slay the Dragon

By Linda Tancs

St. George is legendary, the only saint associated with the slaying of the mythical dragon. In modern times, some turn to video games to achieve the same result. But we can all be dragon slayers. The ultimate dragon is, of course, Satan (see, e.g., Revelation 12:9), who antagonizes us with dragons of our own that undermine our plans and goals. Maybe your dragons are basic things, like making the bed, getting to work on time, cleaning the house and so on. Or maybe you’ve got bigger dragons to slay, like addiction, broken relationships or failing health. Like George, you need to don your armor, particularly the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God (Ephesians 6:14-17). The sword is a powerful weapon. Wield it so that when the dragon seeks to slay you, you’ll neutralize him and successfully pursue your goals with diligence and determination (Hebrews 11:6).