Free to Be Me

By Linda Tancs

A well-known spiritual thinker once remarked, “What other people think of me is none of my business.” The apostle Paul would’ve doubtless agreed (1 Corinthians 4:3). Yet how often do we agonize over what others think of us. How often do you ponder whether others approve of your personal or professional choices or direction? Imagine how freeing it is to be independent of the thoughts, actions and opinions of other people toward you. Now there’s a liberty worth pursuing.

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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.

 

Go With the Flow

By Linda Tancs

Do you often “go with the flow?” It’s a common expression and a common occurrence, generally related to accepting a situation. Sometimes, that’s a good thing, like forgoing your own individual interest in favor of the desires of another or of a group—for instance,  letting someone else pick the restaurant or the movie. In other scenarios, it’s not such a good thing, akin to following an angry mob. The consequences can be harsh, like ignoring the blight of social injustice or showing the kind of insensitivity that many social media posts represent.

Spiritually speaking, to go with the flow is to keep in the way and the will of God, not man. (1 John 4:4). Don’t get caught in an undertow (Ephesians 2:1-2).

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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.

 

 

Are You Full?

By Linda Tancs

After a hearty meal, we usually say that we’re full. Unless you’re gluttonous (Philippians 3:19), it’s okay to be full in that instance. In every other case, don’t be full of yourself (Proverbs 16:18). Be full of God instead (Ephesians 3:19). Speak the way God would speak. Think the way God would think. Act the way God would act. Then you’ll have a fullness of Spirit that never abates (Psalm 27:4).

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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.

 

Playing God

By Linda Tancs

Playing God is a phrase often used to describe those acting as if they have unlimited power in a situation. The term is used in debates ranging in topics from euthanasia to cloning. In everyday life, we play God when we try to take our problems into our own hands and solve them rather than lean on God’s wisdom (James 1:5). Maybe you’ve entrusted Plan A to God but you’ve devised your own Plan B, just in case. Joy Davidman, wife of C.S. Lewis, once wrote, “Fear is playing God by trying to control the future.”

Are you attempting to control your future? In what way might you be playing God?

What Do I Know?

By Linda Tancs

Are you a know-it-all? How would others describe you? Being a know-it-all kind of person is easier than you may think. In fact, a psychology professor coined the term “Lake Wobegon Effect” to describe a human tendency to overestimate one’s attributes, like knowledge, talent and accomplishments. It’s a dangerous tendency, often leading to pride and arrogance.

The apostle Paul recognized the dangers of putting one’s faith in human wisdom. He even went so far as to tell the Corinthians that anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much (1 Corinthians 8:2). As for himself, he resolved not to know anything but Christ (1 Corinthians 2:2). Furthermore, Proverbs 28:26 tells us that anyone who leans on, trusts in and is confident of his own mind is a fool. Don’t rely on your own insight or understanding (Proverbs 3:5). The more you let God teach you, the more you’ll realize how much you still have to learn (Psalm 147:5).