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.

 

 

Members Only

By Linda Tancs

Remember the popularity of Members Only® clothing in the 80s? It isn’t hard to imagine why. After all, who doesn’t like membership? Folks flock to membership in country clubs, interest groups and social media organizations. But belonging has its setbacks, especially when it’s used as a means to exclude others. Even the apostles fell prey to a “members only” mentality. In Mark’s gospel, he relates their disapproval of someone who is not a part of Jesus’s inner circle doing wonderful deeds in His name. But Jesus applauds the effort, showing an attitude of inclusion (Mark 9:38-40).

In Christ, “members only” takes on a different meaning. We are all members of His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13). It’s the same membership, the same calling. No one member is greater than the others (Matthew 20:26). And the primary purpose of the membership is to serve Him by reaching out to others in love (Galatians 5:13). That’s a club worth joining.

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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.

 

 

 

Your Trust Fund

By Linda Tancs

You don’t need to be a debutante like Paris Hilton to have a trust fund. We all, in fact, have a trust fund. A trust fund is generally defined as a fund consisting of assets held in trust by a trustee for the benefit of beneficiaries.

We all have assets in the form  of a body, soul and spirit. We steward these assets; we don’t own them. They belong to our Lord. We entrust their disposal to Him, Who promises to guide and direct us in their use (Proverbs 16:9). That’s a fund worth investing in.

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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.

 

Let God Fix It

By Linda Tancs

In the children’s animated series Bob the Builder, Bob and his work crew go about completing construction projects. Bob’s famous catchphrase is “Can we fix it?” His colleagues respond, “Yes, we can!”

In the spiritual world, God is the Master Builder (Hebrews 3:4). He begins a work in you and finishes it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Your task is to cooperate in the process but, ultimately, God will fix what needs fixing. That may mean letting go of some things that are unfit for God’s purpose for you—maybe that’s an unsuitable occupation you’ve pursued or the wrong kind of friends. Whatever it may be, let God be the architect of your life. Can He fix it? Yes, He can.

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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.

Mind of the Staircase

By Linda Tancs

The French expression “esprit de l’escalier” literally means “mind of the staircase.” It refers to that comeback, response or witty remark that one frustratingly comes up with only when the moment for doing so has passed. No doubt you’ve been there. And, in many cases, it undoubtedly worked out for the best. How many hard feelings may have been averted simply for lacking mastery of the comeback? As Proverbs instructs, life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Don’t be quick to applaud those who are never left without a response. It can be a curse just as easily as a blessing (James 3:9-10).

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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.