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).