Take a deep breath.
No, really, a deep breath, right now.
How did it feel?
Try it again. It’s ok, don’t feel weird.
Did you need that?
Breathing comes so naturally to us that sometimes we forget we do it, but our bodies depend on it. Crazy, isn’t it, that this air that so completely surrounds us is vital to our existence. We take it for granted so often.
Deep breaths make us stop. They make us focus on the act of breathing, and sometimes we just need a reminder that we need air. Sometimes we also just need the reminder to stop. Stop fighting. Stop talking. Stop planning. Stop fearing. Stop justifying. Stop worrying. Just stop. Whatever pressures you are putting on yourself need to stop. Stop wrapping these things around you like a fluffy, security blanket you don’t want to let go…they are just holding you back from what you are meant for in this world.
Sometimes we also just need a reminder to take a deep breath and for someone to say, “It’s going to be okay. You are not alone.” Do you need that today?
I need deep breaths frequently. Intake air…let it out…to stop and remember who I am, and where God is leading me. The filter on my mouth also needs deep breaths to work effectively. A deep breath before the rant is the final filter. In the moments I don’t heed the deep breath rule…I say things I shouldn’t and end up needing to apologize somewhere. Sometimes that deep breath is more of a launch pad than I intend it to be depending on where my words are coming from. They could come from a place of previous pain, hurt by that person or even just straight, unfiltered Kingdom passion that some tend to find offensive.
Words are painful, and words that are not given as a gift of love and gift from the Spirit will scar people. I carry a plethora of scars that just seem to never heal, and pop up to remind me when I least expect them to appear. I don’t want to be responsible for making someone I love feel that same pain over something I said.
Take a deep breath.
It’s going to be okay.
You are not alone.
You are meant for more than worrying, fighting, hiding, fearing…you are meant for so, so much more. You are loved. You are a child of the King. You are called. You have gifts and talents for this world.
Deep breath…you’ve got serious Kingdom work to do.