Stop! If you haven’t read part 1, you need to click here. Then come back tomorrow and read part 2. (Thanks. Luh you.)
My shoes are broken. Literally, almost every pair of shoes I own has a defect of some sort. Soles are coming loose, straps have withered away to naught. It upsets me every single morning when I’m heading to work. We don’t really have money to waste on new shoes right now.
But I’m still standing.
Did you know that Winston Churchill—the same Winston Churchill who was the prime minister of England and led his country from a time of war to a time of peace—liked to work standing up while in his office? He actually wrote of the speeches you and I studied in school while standing up in an oversized pair of loafers on the hide of a forest animal. How fancy of him.
In my office, it looks more like this:
No fancy treadmill desk here. This hot mess was put together by moi. Those white boxes are reams of printing paper that I’ve swiped from the copy room to hold up my keyboard. (Notice how it dangerously teeters without support on the ends.) And that’s a basket that I stacked the paper in. And that’s my screen that I’ve lifted to maximum height. You put all of it together, and it gives me the feeling of having a standing desk, and allows me to work like I do. Because standing, they say, is going to save your life.
Let me say that again: Standing is going to save your life.
Research has shown that people who work in an office suffer from low enzyme productivity because they’re sitting for most of the day. Desk workers, as we’re called, need to get blood flowing and we need an opportunity to burn calories like the waiters, doctors, coaches, and postal workers of the world. Standing for one hour can increase your calorie burn by up to sixty calories, and you’re actually strengthening your spine if you hold good posture. That’s a very quick way of saying that sitting all day is really BAD, and making an effort to stand for an hour or so during your work day is really GOOD.
But let’s talk about what it means to stand where your spirit life is concerned. I’m talking about standing when seemingly insurmountable obstacles place themselves in the middle of your path. I’m talking about the way you react when [fecal matter] hits the fan and nothing is going right, and you are desperate. Do you cave, or do you stand?
As a woman called to do high-level ministry work I’m supposed to tell you that trials will pass and trouble is temporary. That’s rock-solid truth; hold on to it and let it carry you on days when you’re hurting. Allow me to also be honest and real with you: The past four months were sixteen weeks of non-stop STANDING—and guess what? MY FEET GREW TIRED.
So tired that I threw myself down on my bed a few weeks ago and sobbed, “This is the worst summer of my life!”
Because nothing says We’ll get through this like hyper-exaggerated, uber-dramatic sobbing while your poor husband looks on with his head tilted to the side.
But here’s how I finally overcame those temptations to quit:
- First, I got off of my feet and I got down on my knees. Sometimes literally, sometimes not. But I always prayed, no matter the position.
- Second, I found a scripture that made me believe things were happening for a reason. For me, it was 1 Peter 5:10 that made me believe all things are possible. It says that God is restoring, confirming, strengthening, and establishing His work in my life. For something to be restored, something had to have been lost. If I was losing things during those sixteen weeks, then I would surely gain them back according to that scripture.
- And lastly, I ate vanilla ice cream with peanut butter on it. (Don’t ask, just do it.)
If you’re having a season of struggle, consider it an honor. I didn’t, and I wish I had. Mine is over now, but I wish I had gone through it as though it were a privilege to grow. Stand on the Word, stand on what God has done in the past, and stand up tall.
If you’re willing to stand forever, you won’t be standing for long.