Have you ever caught yourself slouching – standing or sitting smaller than you actually are? I do quite often now-a-days. I’m occasionally alerted to my poor posture when I see a picture that somebody’s taken of me in a casual, unaware moment. When I force myself to straighten up I feel taller, lighter, stronger and more vibrant.
I’m guessing that right now you’re adjusting your posture.
What causes us to shrink as we get older, to not stand at our full stature? Medical research says it’s deterioration caused by the unrelenting weight of life, as well as lack of exercise and nutrients.
The gravitational force that allows life to work on earth is the same force that, over time, makes work more difficult in this life.
Under the weight of the first great commission in Genesis to rule, subdue and bring to fruitfulness the things in our life and in this broken world, we can begin to shrink and draw-down.
There is a posture, a stance, an alignment to the life God has given us, the life we are to exhibit and offer to the world.
The solution to this slouching posture is not some sort of spiritual or emotional back brace, it’s simply to stand straight, to stand tall, to push against the forces of this world. The mere act of straightening-up develops the needed muscle and encourages others to do the same.
Let’s not shrink back, become feeble or reduce our presence.
Scripture say, “For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you… God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:6, 7
Your presence, your effect, your gifting, your very life is needed now more than ever.
God has given us the strength to stand tall, strong and vibrant: “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.” Eph. 3:16 (NLT)
Standing, not slouching, with you,