Standing Up

Standing Up:  courage, integrity, strength of character, speaking up and defending what is right

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. Alexander Hamilton

United we stand, divided we fall. Aesop

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.  Billy Graham

  Standing up for something indicates we have principles, values and beliefs which we defend when necessary. Most of us will stand up for our loved ones. Some of us will stand up for our friends as well. The more we are willing to take a stand, the more likely we are someone whose life is based on principles and values.

    There are certain things in life that are extremely important to us. Without these things our lives would lose something significant. Some obvious things are family, home and friends. There are also such things as rights and freedoms and choosing and determining our own destiny. We often take these things for granted, but are usually pretty quick to rise to the challenge whenever something threatens them. The dearer it is, the more our life will suffer without it, and the more apt we are to defend it.

    Most of us will say our “way of life” is important. We hold it dear and would not easily let go or let something take it away. If someone openly and aggressively attempts to take it away we will react physically and violently to prevent it from happening. We would not surrender it without seriously defending it.   

     Our country is founded on certain principles and values that have served as a powerful bond that has kept us together through many trials, tests, and tribulations. What we stand for and believe in has been strong enough to band us sufficiently together to resist and withstand everything that has confronted us. We have stood resilient and continued to stand. Numerous challenges have not overcome us.

     Our greatest vulnerabilities and weaknesses may not be outside aggressors but internal weaknesses such as apathy, compromise, laziness, dependency and other such things. We may be our own worst enemy. We may not see the forest for the trees. Sometimes it becomes necessary to get back to basics. What is it we have believed in and stood for? Are these things still important to us? What are we willing to do to keep from losing them? Our failure to get involved and take part may result in our losing what we have held so dear. We must time to take responsibility and hold ourselves accountable. Each of us has a part to play. If we do not start standing up for it, we may well end up losing it.

Challenge: Citizenship is a responsibility. You are responsible just like everyone else. The right to vote, voice your opinion and be involved; are some of the ways to participate. If you do not do these things, you are being offset by those who misguidedly, or not, are taking away your choice, rights and freedoms. Some of these individuals may actually be your enemies. They are trying to take away that which is so dear to you.

Wisdom: Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.     Norman Vincent Peale

Spiritual: (NIV)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Ps 32:8

 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

We live in two worlds, the secular and the spiritual. The secular world lives and exists because God gave us free will and freedom to choose. The world consists of those who believe in God and those who do not; those who seek God’s guidance and those who do not. Those not guided by God and not seeking to live according to his teachings do not have Truth to keep them on the right path. We need Truth to show us the right path.   

 Prayer: Help me to know Truth. Help me to be responsible and accountable. Help me to do my part.                                         

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