Relax

By Linda Tancs

I have a sculpture of a pelican sitting atop a rock emblazoned with the word “RELAX” in large type. I love the symbolism of it, reminding me to be still, just as Jesus said to the waves on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:39). It means that I don’t need to know the particulars of how, when or where God will do His work in my life. I only need to relax, knowing that He will do what needs to be done at the right time. Your role in life isn’t to play all the parts yourself. Play your part, and let God do His part (Psalm 32:8).

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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 and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

What is Hope?

By Linda Tancs

Billy Graham once wrote that hope is the sum of faith plus commitment. Indeed, hope has an element of faith (Hebrews 11:1). Hope also takes commitment, persistence and perseverance (Zechariah 9:12) lest you lose heart. Think of your own equation for hope.

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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 and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

The Cistern

By Linda Tancs

We live in an age of “cancellation.” Cancel culture is a form of ostracism in which someone is removed, personally or professionally, from a physical or online environment. People are cancelled regularly because of their social, religious or political views irrespective of their socioeconomic status. No one is immune from cancellation. It’s tempting to think of cancellation as a modern phenomenon but it’s really as old as time; only the methodology has changed. In the prophet Jeremiah’s time, cancellation meant being thrown into a cistern because his words were unpopular. In Jeremiah’s case, though, his cancellation was overturned when an official complained to the king that the prophet had been treated unfairly (Jeremiah 38:4-10). It’s fair to say that Jeremiah would’ve stayed in the cistern, unwilling to compromise his values. Would you do the same?

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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 and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

Right Back Up

By Linda Tancs

Setbacks are hard, but they should be expected (John 16:33). After all, the enemy comes at us with the aim that we lose our hope (John 10:10). That’s why it’s so important to recover from disappointment as soon as possible (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). I’m reminded of that when I hear these words from a popular song: “Knock me down. It’s all in vain. I’ll get back on my feet again.” The devil is a defeated foe; you already have the victory (1 John 5:4). So get right back up.

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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 and join the Facebook group @goforwardinfaith.

The Glass is Half-Full

By Linda Tancs

Do you see the proverbial glass as half-empty or half-full? Psychologists use simple tests like this to determine whether a person tends to be an optimist or a pessimist. Optimists will usually say the glass is half-full, whereas pessimists will usually state that it’s half-empty. In a word, it’s about hope, which anchors the soul (Hebrews 6:19). Without it, you’re like a wandering nomad in ancient Israel. Pour hope into your life by trusting in God and, soon, the glass will be more than half-full (Romans 15:13).

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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.

Out of the Wreckage

By Linda Tancs

All kinds of events can reduce a life to wreckage in one way or another: an earthquake, a job loss, an accident. The wreckage is both tangible (loss of habitat or earnings) and intangible (grief, depression or anxiety). Regardless of the nature of the wreckage, one thing will never change: God is always present (Deuteronomy 31:6). That’s hard to swallow in the midst of turmoil, when the propensity is great to view God as silent or absent. But have you ever noticed the folks who, in the midst of a disaster, reflect a peace that defies understanding? They possess the capacity to be still and let God do His work (Psalm 46:10). Scripture assures us that God delivers the brokenhearted from their troubles (Psalm 34:17-18). His power is perfected in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Seek Him out in your turmoil, and you’ll find Him (Jeremiah 29:12-13).

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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.

Shouldering the Burden

By Linda Tancs

In New York City’s Rockefeller Center, there’s a statue of Atlas, the ancient Greek Titan, holding the world on his shoulders. You might say he has the weight of the world on his shoulders. That sculpture reminds me of Jesus, who truly does hold the whole world in His hands. Isaiah foretold that a Son will be given to us, and the government (the world order) will rest on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). Until then, we’re all shouldering burdens of one kind or another but we won’t fall under the weight because the strength He imparts is great (Philippians 4:13).

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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.

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.

Ignore the Critics

By Linda Tancs

At any point in life you’ll encounter, or have encountered, one or more folks who are more than happy to tell you what you can’t do and what you’ll never be. Ignore the critics. In God’s eyes, you’re a mighty hero (Judges 6:12). God has set you apart from the low expectations of others. That kind of behavior is often motivated by fear. You’re trying to do things that so many other people are afraid to do. And when people can’t get themselves to do something, they criticize other people who do. Stay focused on God’s opinion of you. Keep calm and carry on.

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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.

The Finishing Work of the Cross

By Linda Tancs

As we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, take a moment to reflect on the cross. What kinds of things brought Jesus to the cross? Anger, mistrust, betrayal of friends, denial, scapegoating, institutional bias and fear, among other things. What brings you to your cross in life? Probably many of the same things. Let the redemptive message of Easter resound in your life. You, too, are an overcomer (1 John 5:4); it is finished (John 19:30).

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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.