Stand up and move


Experts have studied the benefits of standing versus sitting, and they contend that occasional standing, moving, and exercising can be life-saving; sickness may result from inactivity. In addition to the health benefits of standing, there are other areas in which we may also stand up and make a move.

Indeed, we can stand tall and get moving with our dreams. Let’s finish what we started years ago. Faith without works is dead (James 2:26), so let’s work our faith and stand apart from mediocrity. Gotta stand up and move. Dreams sometimes require waiting, so you have been hidden and preserved. You are too gifted to be ignored, so embrace what sets you apart from others.

So since God gave us two legs, it appears that he made us for mobility. But if we are comfortable just sitting, then that’s where we are going to stay. No to complacency. Yes to killing away excuses. Yes to tossing the blame game.

Similarly, I stand so that my voice might be projected. Perhaps certain challenges or issues need to be peacefully confronted, so my voice could make a difference. But I must stand. It has been stated that if you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. Stand up and dare to be different.

Prayer: Lord, first of all, I stand for you — in your liberty and freedom (Galatians 5:1). Our hearts are grateful. Whether exercising our bodies or exercising our faith, we stand and move. We stand for righteousness, for righteousness exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34). Lord, help us to move in the right direction, and get ready for the shift. Redeem the lost years of idly sitting and wasting time — seemingly going around in circles. And Lord, bless us in our career moves and assignments that will highlight our strengths. Instruct us in the way to go (Psalm 32:8). Lord, we dump the baggage, we stand up, and we move. Today.

In Christ’s name and for his sake, amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at


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