March Manliness – Lifting Holy Hands

Praise Jesus“Eli, Praise Jesus?!” I say and you respond exactly as pictured to the left. And when you do, I reply “Hallelujah. Amen.”

I’ve been asked multiple times (many with disapproving undertones) as to why I taught you this… and, well, because!  Started out at your 9month check-up when the doctor asked if you were raising your arms to the phrase “So big!”  And no, you weren’t. Hadn’t crossed my mind to teach that to you. It wasn’t important.  What was important is the rote, physical response to words and phrases. I chose the phrase “Praise Jesus!”

Because that IS important!! Because teaching you to “Praise Jesus!” now, sets a foundation for gratitude and basis for worship and a child-like understanding of a lifestyle of faith. Because we “Praise Jesus!” for everything: yummies and bath time and blocks and Apollo and everything.  Because physical expression is a natural demonstration of emotion. Because I don’t ever want you to be hindered by religious stigmas regarding how you display excitement of “Praising Jesus!”

What does this have to do with being a man?


Well, right now you giggle and squeal and clap your hands when you get excited. At sporting events, grown men high-five, chest-bump and do touch-down dances to indicate  their feelings –  a similar countenance should be expressing the excitement of  our God. Outward celebration of God’s greatness and the impact of Christ’s love on your life is so much more important than when your favorite team scores a goal-unit-basket.

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. 1 Timothy 2:8

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