This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is ‘UP.’ It is listed in the dictionary as an adverb, preposition, adjective, noun or verb. It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?
At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car. Before going into litigation, you lawyer-UP.
At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost one-quarter of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. Oh…one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night? U P! Sorry…I couldn’t resist that.
A friend sent me these thoughts on UP from an unknown author. Let me finish this UP! This weekend is Easter Sunday or what Christians call Resurrection Day. For almost two thousand years, Christians have adopted the slogan, “He has risen. He has risen indeed!” One Easter song says it best, “UP from the grave He arose…”
UP sums UP Easter. UP from the dead He arose proves that there is spiritual life after physical death. It was like the real Son of God please rise from the dead and He did! First the natural, then the spiritual. We are a spirit, we have a soul (mind, will and emotions), and we live in a body. We are not human beings going through a temporary spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings going through a temporary human experience.
The victory of Jesus is the victory of all who accept that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead. Historian Josephus writes about the crowds that saw Jesus after He had risen from the dead. Over five hundred saw Him in one place. Jesus rose UP so we would know for sure Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life for an eternity with God.
Jesus wrapped it UP Easter this way to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me, shall never die. Do you believe this?” It’s UP to us to decide. I hope you listen UP, look UP, think UP, believe UP and go UP when your time on earth is UP. Now I’ll shut UP! Have a blessed Resurrection Day and eternity.
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