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If you’ve had children, you ‘get’ that sometimes you must stand for what is best- regardless of how your children see it. It’s necessary because we have an obligation to teach them. Then they can make the choice with the information we’ve given them. 
If you are a young person, or an adult without children, you still are well aware of the correlation of good information and adherence to it versus poor advice, and the choices that are offered by it. 
 
Hoo boy, what I didn’t know was that being a mom means always being a mom. If an adult child forgets, or veers off course, or wants to sit out an entire act of Life 101, we get to do these things:
Love
Be patient
Pray
Try to give a bit of advice when there’s a tiny opening to do so
Compare and contrast issues if that works
Hang on and realize the Plan is eternal
Don’t sit it out ourselves because a child – or a friend – has chosen to do so
 
Those are pretty much the choices. Of course, I discount yelling, guilt tripping, ignoring, and all the other things that the Savior – in my opinion- would not choose himself, nor would he want us to do so. We just have to keep on standing for what is right!
 
It is clear that sitting is different than standing. We’ve all probably seen a movie in which, at one time of great importance – in the script- those who are willing to do the right thing/ to be counted among the ‘good’/ to make a difference for goodness’ sake are called upon to Stand up.  Stand for what you believe! Stand up and be counted! Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything!
 
So to stand must mean there is more commitment involved than sitting comfortably by, even if we believe in the good, and feel to be counted among the ones who are brave enough to do whatever is required. 
 
As the world keeps churning ‘round, and man’s inhumanity to man causes most of us to shake our heads, weep, and pray for mercy, isn’t it time to stand up and be counted? 
We may do so in many ways. It doesn’t mean that we must be hard edged and discount other ways of living or other folks who believe differently than we. But it does mean that we recognize, think through, and build more confidence in ourselves as we lean on the Savior for strength to be the ones who stand with Him and for Him. In seeking for truth, we see it more clearly, all around us. We note that all things denote there is a God, and it gives us a more clear sense of purpose. 
The poet William Wordsworth wrote of how nature reflects holiness, and how man vs. man, because of imperviousness to the blessings around us,  may stray so far from that holiness that would make us most joyful:
 
I heard a thousand notes,
While in a grove I sat reclined, 
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.
 
In her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.
 
Through primrose tufts, in that green bower, 
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ‘tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
 
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure- 
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air,
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.
 
If this believe from heaven be sent, 
If such be Nature’s holy plan, 
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?
 
Wordsworth was aware of the gentle goodness of nature all about us, yet saddened by the choices some of mankind makes to ignore the heavenly connection.  
 
There is an awakening that has to take place. A noticing of the good and the righteous. Even as the Adversary shades the two together, and removes – cleverly and subtly – the standard of righteousness by substituting a poor counterfeit. One that may fit the mood of the world’s standards and desires.
 
With that awakening comes the desire to STAND. I’ve seen young people stand for truth, even as they are mocked and laughed at. I’ve felt as though I’ve stood alone, on rare occasion, when it didn’t feel ‘right’ for me to participate in some worldly – type program or another. I’ve seen some stand with nobility and love, and watch others drawn to them. I’ve seen some who have stood watch for a long while, and then- having tiredness of the world come upon them – want to sit out the fight. 
 
So – my thoughts today are that we can do our best. Not our neighbor’s best, or a leader’s best, or our mentor’s best. But our own best, to stand and be counted among the Lord’s people. If needed, we can practice standing up for a few minutes, then sitting to ‘rest’ from the spiritual strain of standing out. For indeed, when we stand up, we usually stand out from the rest..  

But stand we can! During times of struggle, great trials of health, financial problems, loneliness, weakness, and confusion we can stand. We may first have to kneel. In fact, there can’t be a better process than to first kneel – for strength, understanding, and guidance – and then stand up for what is best. 
 
Pres. David O. McKay once said that “spirituality is the highest acquisition of the soul.” (Conf Report, 4/61:7)  With spirituality, we may better see the beautiful divinity of nature and of the Father’s plan of happiness. We may, sadly, hurt more deeply because of man’s mess-making. But the Savior offers the supreme clean-up plan. Oh, that we may each – in the proper time, sooner rather than later, recognize the things of the Spirit – and stand.
 
Vickey Pahnke Taylor
…is a wife, mom, grandmother, professional speaker, author, and songwriter.  Her undergraduate study at BYU was musical theater. She has a Masters degree in communications. She has taught for CES programs for almost 30 years.
A Billboard award winning songwriter having written hundreds of songs, her favorite use of music is as a tool to teach.  In addition to three solo albums in the LDS market, she co-wrote Women at the Well with Kenneth Cope and My Beloved Christ with Randy Kartchner.  Her website www.goodnessmatters.com and her Goodness Matters Group page on Facebook are her ways of continuing to grow goodness in the world, & point people gently toward Christ.  
 
She & her husband have 8 children & 8 grandchildren. She serves as Gospel Doctrine teacher in her ward, and Dean serves in their ward bishopric. Vickey, from Virginia, believes the adage ‘You can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl.”