Here’s the thought: “Do the little things right and everything else will fall into place.”
The average person breathes in and out up to 23,000 times per day. We have been breathing all our lives. However, a recent study found that most people breathe inefficiently by taking short-shallow-chest breaths instead of breathing deep and from your belly.
When we are born, we naturally breathe deep from our belly, which is the most efficient way to breath. However, as busy schedules and stress creep into our lives, we begin to tighten up and get stressed out—which restricts our breathing and results in us taking short, shallow, inefficient breaths. Most breathing specialists say that it is pretty easy for a person to reclaim old deep breathing habits leading to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
As I thought about that information, I thought about worship. Many of us started off going to church and worshipping God with our lives. It’s natural to want to know our Creator. However, as stress builds and our schedules become packed with commitments, we have a tendency to worship in short, shallow, inefficient breathes. We no longer worship our Creator.
Scripture says, Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Now that sounds like a great step toward a happier, healthier life! So take deep breaths today. Then on Sunday, take a deep, worshipful breath.
Have a Blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D