Do you struggle with posture?
When my daughter was a pre-teen and regular passenger in my backseat, she used to catch me slouching while driving. We agreed each time she noticed my less-than-perfect posture her cue would be, “You’re doing it!” and I’d immediately know to sit up straight. Believe me, she was good at her job.
Can you believe I still need to remind myself of this? What should really deter me is the definition of a slouch: “An awkward fellow or a lazy incompetent person.” How’s that for a word picture?
But posture isn’t just about sitting up straight or standing tall.
Posture goes much deeper than walking with a book on our head. It’s a conscious behavior of both standing firm and walking humbly.
Great examples of this type of posture are found in prayer and worship:
- Standing – such as in battle when we armor up, standing firm against the enemy with the Word of Truth (Ephesians 6:10-17)
- Sitting – we are seated with Christ in the heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)
- Kneeling – prayer of petition, for mercy, submission and reverence. One day every knee shall bow before the Lord (Philippians 2:9–11)
- Bowing – in a posture of honor and worship
- Lying prostrate – face to the ground in a posture of humility and submission before the Lord.
- Outstretched arms – in a posture of worship, praise, and adoration
These positions of posture are not about sitting or standing up straight. Each position has reverence and meaning. While sitting up straight when driving it’s good for our core, a posture of praise is good for our soul.
So let’s work on our posture because we’re not slackers and we’re not slouchers.
Let’s trade a posture of complacency for a posture of praise.
We are children of the one true God who lifts up our head when we lift our heads to Him.
“But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.” Psalm 3:3
Whenever I find myself slouching while driving, I can still hear my daughter’s voice saying, “You’re doing it!”
When we’re intentional about maintaining a posture of praise, we can listen for our Father’s voice as we seek His face in adoration.
Have you struggled with posture? Have these words made you look at posture in a new way?
I’d love to hear about it…
Love & Peace,
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