We are dependent on the air we breathe. Amazingly enough, the regular air we generally have access to has the exact chemical components needed to sustain life. Most of us don’t have to give a thought to breathing because it is so automatic and our bodies process it the way it needs to be processed. But for those who are on oxygen or need their air more purified, or who have other lung challenges, breathing isn’t so easy.
Our bodies are designed so that some of the bad things in air are filtered a bit. But if we are surrounded with a high concentration of bad air (ie, air with very little oxygen) we can’t survive for very long. The quality of our “intake” is important.
What are you breathing in?
I try to pay attention to what I watch, read, and listen to because I know how those things affect my heart and mind. It is always amazing to me how a song can lift my spirit or put me in a funk.
I can always use more time in God’s Word. Breathing in the life-giving oxygen inspires and encourages me but also convicts me in my areas of weakness. If I am surrounded by compromised air it makes it easy to look around and decide it doesn’t really matter. In an area where there is a lot of litter? What does my piece of trash matter?
It does matter!
What are those things you are surrounded by that you are numb to and it doesn’t even seem to matter if you join in? It can be a slippery slope!
Who would even notice if I ___________ ?
Pay attention to what you are breathing in. You can only filter out so much on your own. But, by all means, don’t insist you can only work in the purest of places. However, it is important for you health that you are able to breathe healthy air and help others to do the same. This live isn’t all about self-preservation; it is about community, grace, and sharing God’s love in a variety of ways.
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV]
May you find God’s conviction a blessing as He breathes His life-giving Word into your life!