Inhale…exhale…inhale…stretch…inhale…reach…exhale…repeat. So says the well toned instructor on my exercise DVD. Breathe. Then stretch. Breathe. Then crunch. Breathe. Then lunge. It makes sense; our bodies need oxygen for the stretching and stress of an exercise routine.
The same could be said for our souls. I need oxygen for my daily life as a Christian, for it is a sometimes strenuous exercise in faith and character development.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1 After filling my soul with this truth, my core, my identity as a child of God, is stronger. I’m less likely to trip or lose my balance.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” Romans 8:1 This lifts and straightens my posture. And it reminds me to uplift others with the same grace and mercy that has been shown to me.
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 This is very necessary oxygen when I need to be humble, breathe…my muscles are shaking, or obedient, breathe…I feel slightly sick, or when I must make a difficult surrender, breathe…how much longer can I hold this position? Only in Christ, our model of humility, obedience and surrender, is any of that that possible.
Lord, help me to remember to breathe.
What are some truths that provide oxygen for your spiritual life? I’d love to hear them.