I’m supposed to be about 6’5″ and straight as an arrow. But a few bad habits and one bad fall has me coming in a few inches short nowadays. My chiropractor has an opinion about this. “Stand tall. It’s better for everyone.”
Sure, there may have been a subconscious intent to lower my height to help even the balance in conversations. Some see this as polite, to others it’s patronizing. But what is it when it’s unintentional? It’s bad for everyone.
When I stand tall, he urged me, others will look upward and improve their own posture. It’s better for everyone.
What can we learn?
Rather than debase ourselves to make others feel more comfortable with their lesser height or health or wisdom, we can be the better example. Stand tall in your faith, and as others’ eyes are drawn upward, you can help them look higher still.
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32)
If you want to tell others what you know about God, draw eyes upward.
Encourage others to stand tall, to look outward and above. It’s better for everyone.