Up or out is an old (1947) military expression of tenure. As there are only so many positions, and a balanced structure of rank, being equivalent to recruits, levels of training and technical experience, and leadership, then one must look and plan upward mobility — or depart. This keeps the workforce moving and growing.
And yet, despite its drawbacks, it’s also something we need to do: look up and look forward. Looking up and
out, planning for tomorrow, climbing up, plateauing out, as in sensing the time to go and do something else, is like a Tennessee view, as one would look out and see the hills, to see a sunrise or sunset and beyond to the stars on a clear night; for “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands,” balancing His world and our world, as “the reflections of the heart belong to mankind, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.” It’s when we learn to “commit our activities to Him, that our plans will be achieved. Our heart plans our way, but He determines our steps,” a promise and a law no different from up or out. Father, I confess we get so single-focused in our plans, that we don’t look up for Your council. “Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul, my inner-self to You.” Up or out, God takes care of both, saying, ““Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest. You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring — what your life will be! Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”” Look to see what He is saying and doing, then align your ideas and plans along His path and permission.
Psalms 19:1, Proverbs 16:1, 3, 9 HCSB, Psalms 143:8 NKJV, John 4:35, James 4:14-15, Habakkuk 2:1 HCSB