Humble Perseverance

By Linda Tancs

A hallmark of perseverance is endurance, or steadfastness. Perseverance is an admirable quality. We’re encouraged to endure in many ways—in doing good (2 Thessalonians 3:13), in accepting the trials of life (James 1:2-4), in prayer (Romans 12:12). So it may seem counterintuitive to think of humility as an aspect of perseverance. But perseverance requires humility to obtain the desired result. Consider a tree that is unable to bend in a hurricane; it may end up uprooted. However, a tree that can yield is likely to survive. Steadfastness can lead to arrogance and, ultimately, a fall if it isn’t coupled with the humility to recognize that our strength and determination is a gift from God and not ours alone. Acknowledge Him for the capacity that He gives you to endure (1 Peter 5:6-7) .

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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.

Worthy or Worthless

By Linda Tancs

The Book of Job reminds us not to trust in worthless things because there’s no return on investment (Job 15:31). Is what you trust in worthless, or worthy? Worldly things are ultimately worthless—your job title, net worth, circle of friends, influence, etc. As the old saying goes, you can’t take it with you. So trust in what is worthy—the One who gives wisdom, honor, glory and blessing (Revelation 4:11).

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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.

For God Alone

By Linda Tancs

In Hebrew, a tzadik is someone who experiences only the love and awe of God, without material temptations. Jesus encourages all of us to become a tzadik (plural, tzadikim). In the story of the rich, young man, he asked Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus responded that he should sell all he has and follow him. The man went away sad because he had many possessions (Matthew 19:16-22). Put God first. All the rest will fall into place.

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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.

It Pays to be Humble

By Linda Tancs

The prophet Elisha’s healing of the Syrian commander Naaman from leprosy is a familiar story for many (2 Kings 5:1-15). In short, Elisha commanded Naaman to dip his body into the Jordan River seven times to be healed. Naaman resisted, yet he persisted. The story is remarkable not only for his healing from leprosy but also for its compelling message on humility. Naaman discarded the trappings of success and allowed humility to enter in, ignoring the water quality (as he perceived it) and bathing in a manner that he found unsuitable for a man of his position. Humility fostered his healing because God loves a humble heart (Proverbs 22:4). What might humility bring to you?

*************** 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.

The Lightness of Being

By Linda Tancs

English writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton once remarked, “A characteristic of the great saints is their power of levity. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” When we take ourselves lightly—in other words, throw off worldly concerns and the heaviness of the ego—then we, too, can experience a lightness of being. Empty yourself of self-regard and pour yourself into others: love, serve, comfort, counsel (Acts 9:36). Heavy is the soul that focuses on itself. Opt for levity instead.

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Priests, Prophets and Kings

By Linda Tancs

In the Old Testament, only priests, prophets and kings were anointed. With the coming of Jesus, He performed all of these functions through his Father’s anointing. Consequently, through our baptism, we likewise are anointed priests, prophets and kings (see, e.g., Revelation 1:6). We share in His priestly vocation as representatives of God and ambassadors for Christ. We also share in His prophetic office by speaking the Word of God and witnessing to others. In performing both of these offices, we serve others, much as one of royal rank is obliged to be a public servant. Think about how you fulfill these offices in your own life. Where can you come up higher?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Wonderment

By Linda Tancs

The poet William Wordsworth exclaimed, “Go forth into the light of things; let nature be your teacher.” That theme is illustrated by Psalm 104, which meditates on the natural world and God’s care for it. The psalmist marvels at the rhythm of the sun and moon, the behaviors in the animal kingdom, the life-giving properties of water. The wonderment underlying this psalm leads to a greater appreciation of the One who created the Earth. Wordsworth was right: nature is our teacher. It teaches us to seek after God.

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, Go Forward in Faith represents faith-based meditations for personal and professional growth. Follow us on Twitter @moveonfaith and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Which Way

By Linda Tancs

Frank Sinatra is known for his rendition of the song My Way. It’s an anthem of self-determination wherein you’ll find the statement, “I did it my way.” It’s easy to fall into a trap of wanting to have things your way. As the old idiom attests, “My way or the highway.” But more often than not, we need to get out of our own way. The Bible instructs us not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). It also reminds us that whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool (Proverbs 28:26). When you seek God’s way of doing things, He directs your path (Proverbs 3:6). You can’t outsmart God. Which way are you going? Your way or His way?

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As part of FOOT FORWARD MINISTRIES, 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 Good Life

By Linda Tancs

How often do you think of the good life as one marked by things like a nice house, fancy car or expensive vacations? It’s arguably not as often that the “good life” is thought of as one well lived, marked by kindness toward others, charity and community service. But how you live is just as important as what you achieve—even more so, in fact.

Is your life grounded in the things of this world or in God (Joshua 24:15)? The good life is even better than you think when you center it around God.

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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.

 

 

 

On Equal Footing

By Linda Tancs

Do you ever feel like someone has a “closer” relationship with God than you do? Do you think a pastor’s prayers have more “weight” than yours? The truth is that we’re all on equal footing in God’s eyes (Romans 12:5). He doesn’t play favorites (Romans 2:11). Neither should you (Galatians 3:28).

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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.