Conscious Breathing

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..."

 "You're breathing all wrong."

This is the title of an online article from Men's Journal.  Their basic point is that modern life (pollution, sedentary lives, computers, television, etc.) contribute to shallow breathing and use using only a fraction of our lung capacity.

The article ultimately ends with some exercises - "conscious breathing" they call it.  I think those steps also work for inhaling the Life-giving breath of God, His Word. Let me explain.

 Inhale deeply.

Take your time with God's Word.  A chapter a day?  Fine.  A paragraph a day?  That might even be better.  Author Greg Finke wrote, "Don't read to get through the words of Jesus.  Read to get the words of Jesus through you."

Exhale with a long, slow finish to empty the lungs.

Sin and shame are more insidious than the Carbon Dioxide that stays in our lungs.  Saying, "I'm sorry" in words of confession is a simple and life-giving action.

Inhale, filling your lungs from the bottom to the top, instead of taking short sips. 

The article states that most people use only a third of their lung capacity.  I suspect we also WAY under-utilize the gifts of God in us.  Where to start?  Breathe.  Breathe deeply.  Take in God's Word daily.  It's the very breath of God.  It points to Jesus.  It's useful for righteousness and fullness of Life.

How is God inviting you to breathe in His Word today?