Don’t Pretend to be Busy

By Linda Tancs

Have you ever watched someone pretend to be busy? Maybe it was a student in a classroom actively typing away on a laptop, only the notes were actually emails to friends. Or maybe you’ve caught a coworker jotting down notes in a business meeting, only to find that the notes had nothing to do with the meeting. Pretending to be busy is slacking off. Maybe that’s why Jesus got so angry with the fig tree that didn’t actually bear fruit (Matthew 21:18-19). It had all the outward appearances of being fruitful until a closer inspection revealed it wasn’t fulfilling its intended purpose. Don’t be a slacker, like a student, or a colleague or a fig tree. It’s just as destructive in God’s eyes as violence (Proverbs 18:9).

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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.

A Fresh Cut

By Linda Tancs

Circumcision was enjoined upon the biblical patriarch Abraham and his descendants as a token of the everlasting covenant concluded with him by God for all generations (Genesis 17:13). The New Covenant brings a new circumcision, one not reliant on the law of Moses but nonetheless foretold by Ezekiel (36:26) and Jeremiah (31:33). It’s a circumcision of the heart (Romans 2:29), a renewal of the Spirit resulting in a cutting away of the old nature in favor of a new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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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.

An Attitude of Gratitude

By Linda Tancs

A Jewish prayer on awakening is “Modeh ani l’fanecha,” which literally means “Thanks I give to Your face.” What’s notable about this is that the word “thanks” is rendered first (modeh) rather than “I give thanks” (ani modeh), which is grammatically expected. The intent of this prayer is that gratitude is the first thing that should come out of one’s mouth. In popular culture, we’re always exhorted to have an attitude of gratitude. More importantly, it’s a biblical mandate (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Don’t treat an upcoming holiday like Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) as your big day to be grateful. Make gratitude a habit each day of the year.

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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.

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.

Promotion

By Linda Tancs

It’s hard to talk about death or dying. That’s why you hear euphemisms like “passing away” or “expired” or “end of life.” Believers, in particular, use phrases like “gone to be with the Lord,” “homegoing” or “gone to Heaven.” Sometimes people use the word “promotion.” That’s a great way to speak about death—as a promotion to Heaven (2 Corinthians 5:8). The world is full of people striving for a promotion—in social circles, online or on the job. But promotion to Heaven is the best advancement you’ll ever receive.

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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.

Honor His Name

By Linda Tancs

In the Lord’s Prayer, we’re reminded that God’s name is hallowed (Matthew 6:9). Many times a message on this portion of the prayer reflects on not taking the Lord’s name in vain. Of course, that’s one important aspect of the prayer, but it goes far beyond that. Indeed, this portion of the prayer imparts an edict that we honor Him in all that we say or do. All of our actions should elevate God in the earth (Matthew 5:29-30). Does your behavior bring glory and honor to God? Think about that the next time you pray the Lord’s Prayer.

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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.

Know When to Shut Up

By Linda Tancs

Do you speak doubt, or defeat, over your goals and dreams? If so, then you’re at risk of speaking death over your future plans by giving the devil an opening to undermine your desires (John 10:10). In the Old Testament, Zechariah was incredulous when an angel arrived to tell him that his aged wife would bear a son. His doubt and unbelief caused God to shut his mouth until his son, John the Baptist, was born (Luke 1:8-23). He didn’t shut up so he was shut down. Jesus knew better. Before His death, He warned his disciples that He would soon stop speaking so that the enemy would have no room to work in Him (John 14:30). You need to know when to shut 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.

Speak to the Rock

By Linda Tancs

During their exodus, the Israelites sometimes lacked water. On one such occasion, God told Moses to speak to a rock for water to flow. Unfortunately, Moses struck the rock instead and suffered the consequences of his disobedience (Numbers 20:2-12). The story of the rock provides a metaphor for approaching problems. Think of a rock as an obstacle, a problem. If you speak to it, then you attempt to relate to it, to come to terms with it. But if you butt heads with it by striking out against it, then you only make the problem worse.

What are your rocks in life? Speak to them.

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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.