Hands Up!


This is about when and why anyone might put their hands in the air, not about a crime story. But… there was that time I got shot at by a convicted criminal.

Thankfully, the shotgun blast missed me. It wasn’t a stick-up, but more of a – shall we say – low-speed chase. Had it been a stick-up, my hands would’ve been way up in the air. Back to that later.

There are other, more innocent and safe occasions to put hands in the air. What about when you put your hands in the air like you just don’t care? Or, your team just scored and you jump up with both arms straight up. Then there’s reaching for something way up on a high shelf or waving your arms high in the air to get someone’s attention through a crowd.

You might even raise your hands in church on occasion, but even if you’re not the hand-raising type, the reasons behind lifting our hands in any of these situations can speak to what should also be the position of our heart in our relationship to God. Think about it for a second.

  • Put your hands in the air like you just don’t care. This represents the attitude of, “God, whatever you want to do in my life for your glory is really up to you. Not my will, but yours!”
  • Shooting your hands up when your team scores. Here the attitude toward God is, “I’m praising you, God, for all that you are doing because you are good all the time and all the time you are good!”
  • Reaching for something on a high shelf. Likewise, may I pray, “God, I want more of you. Give me your heart, your wisdom, and your holiness.”
  • Waving your arms high in the air to get someone’s attention. This is the attitude of undivided attention. “God, I’m here and want to connect with you. My focus is on you so please speak to me and help me to listen.”
  • And, of course, putting your hands up in the unfortunate (and hopefully unlikely!) stick-up. May you and I say to God along these same lines, “Whoa! I am completely surrendered to you. I’m only going to do what you tell me to do. Nothing more and nothing less. Please show me.”

The point is not whether you and I literally put our hands in the air to God, but rather about the day-in, day-out attitude of our hearts toward Him. When He sees you today, may He see your hands in the air as high as they can be!

As for the shotgun blast that missed me, email me or catch me at Momentum and I’ll let you know why I was driving a deserted road at 3:30am in Stallings, North Carolina and was tracked down by a convicted criminal.

Joe Paulo
K-LOVE & Air1 & CMB Chairman of the Board


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