The average person can survive about three weeks without food, but even in that time, there can be significant damage or impact to their body in that time. The average person can go about three days without water, but the dehydration that will occur by then will begin to create significant issues. The average person can only go about three minutes without air before permanent damage begins to occur in their brain.
When I first learned to SCUBA dive, there was a #1 rule that was repeated at EVERY class. It was repeated before EVERY dive, it was drilled into us so much that every time I hear it, I still hear the actual voice of that instructor. “Breath continuously, never hold your breath.” This is the #1 rule of SCUBA because your lungs have to be in motion as you change depths while you dive. As you go deeper, the air in your lungs compressed and takes up less space. Keeping the lungs in motion, keeping the air moving in and out through the regulator allows your lungs to contract and expand as necessary. If you were to hold your breath under water, the result would be much more sever than simply holding your breath as you free dive. Your lungs could literally collapse or explode as a result.
Likewise, in martial arts, the breathing is again taught as absolutely critical. As you physically exert yourself, your lungs must remain in motion to adjust to the oxygen needs of your tiring body. Your vision, your balance, your awareness and your strength can all be affected quickly if you hold your breath.
Breath is critical to everything and it’s what God used to create everything.
Psalm 33:6 says…”By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.” God spoke almost everything into existence. Speaking of course involves moving breath across the vocal chords so breathing is key in everything God spoke into existence.
However with mankind, instead of speaking us into existence, He did something a little more personal. Genesis 2:7 says… “ then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” We are the only creation He actually formed physically and we are the only creature He actually breathed life into. And we are actually called to do the same.
We often hear that we are to be a light to the world and that is absolutely true, but it’s another message. Being a light is vital an important but breathing life into people is so much more personal, so much more real and so much more critical. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “you are such a breath of fresh air”. Breathing life into someone requires that you take action and get personal.
I’m not talking about CPR here, physically breathing into someone’s lungs. What I’m talking about here is creating life sustaining moment in someone’s life. What could that look like in a practical situation? Sometimes is just your words, speaking positive or encouraging words to others. Sometimes is physical like meeting a real need. No matter what it is, it takes real effort on your part is has real meaning, perhaps life saving or life altering meaning to others.
Outside of your own family… who are you “breathing life into”? Make an effort, be intentional. If we are truly in His image, we are called to breath life into others.