Fly Like an Eagle

By Linda Tancs

Every animal has a hard-wired nature toward one thing or another. Foxes dig holes, birds fly and so on. I’m particularly enchanted watching birds soar through the air. Aside from air flight and paragliding, human flight doesn’t light a candle to bird flight. In fact, watching birds fly makes me think about how much humans “stay put.” Whether through inaction or necessity, maybe you’re staying put right now, unable to soar. That’s not your nature—nor a bird’s. You were made to mount up with wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31). There’s a song entitled “Fly Like an Eagle” by Steve Miller. It started out as a political statement, but it’s just as relevant as a personal anthem. Staying put is transient; this, too, shall pass. Fly like an eagle, and let the Spirit carry you.

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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.

Rules

By Linda Tancs

American poet Mary Oliver wrote, “Even paradise must have rules.” How right she was. After all, God did impose a rule in the Garden of Eden. He told Adam that he could eat of every tree in the garden except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17). Well, we know how that turned out.

In our own world, we recognize that community rules are integral to an ordered society. We even impose rules on ourselves. I’ll only eat dessert on weekends. I’ll walk 40 minutes each day. Calls will be returned within 24 hours. But, of course, rules are broken. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). The remedy is prayer. In fact, Paul exhorts us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). That may sound impossible, but it really isn’t. Every thought can be a form of prayer, a resolution to live out the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Which rules are you breaking? Pray over it so that, in time, you’ll mount up with wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31) and soar above the tendency to break the rules.

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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.

Walk, Don’t Run

By Linda Tancs

In Lewis Carroll’s famous tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the White Rabbit utters, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Are you in a hurry? Do you hurry to work, hurry to finish lunch, hurry to mow the lawn, hurry to finish the project? Hurrying has been shown to make one  more error prone. It also causes an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol release. No wonder there’s no mention of Jesus rushing in any of the gospels.

The Bible stresses waiting, patience and walking with the Lord (Psalm 27:14; Psalm 130:5). Admittedly, waiting in a hurried world is a tough task. But the advantages are many, like wisdom, perspective and guidance (Isaiah 40:31). That’s especially useful when circumstances are challenging, in the “fires” of life. Of course, there are times when abusive or dangerous situations dictate that you make haste. But for all those other times, as fire drills remind us,‘walk, don’t run to the nearest exit.’

Lessons from Wildlife

By Linda Tancs

The Bible is full of anecdotes concerning animals. Some of the best known examples are Jonah and the whale and Noah and his ark. It’s no secret that God loves animals. In Psalm 50, He reminds us that He knows and owns every animal in the field. That includes Sparky, Fido, Fluffy, you name it. We’re stewards of every animal on the earth and accountable to God for our treatment of them (Proverbs 12:10). Besides stewardship, animals teach us many lessons. For instance, God directs us to look to the ant for the principle of diligence and perseverance (Proverbs 6:6). He also tells us to be surefooted like deer (Habakkuk 3:19), gentle like doves (Matthew 10:16), confident as an eagle (Isaiah 40:31) and courageous like a lion (Proverbs 30:29-30). And maybe the ultimate lesson comes from sheep, the emblem of discipleship (John 10:4), because they need to be led.

As the poet William Wordsworth put it, let nature be your teacher.

Faith in Action

By Linda Tancs

Pablo Picasso once said that action is the foundational key to all success. Although it’s understandable that one must make a move toward something to learn and grow, the underpinning of all action must be faith. Action for the sake of action is a haphazard way of living. It isn’t purposeful. As the Bible reminds us, God works for the good of those who love him and who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Do you try to discern God’s purpose for your life? Many people question how they would know it. In our worldly existence it often manifests as a “gut feeling,” an inner knowing of the proper course, particularly if that feeling brings God-given gifts of inner peace, encouragement and confidence (Philippians 4:6-7; Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 40:31). Do you need to adjust your inner compass? Ask the Holy Spirit, your counselor and helper, to guide you (John 14:26).