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Don’t forget to breathe
Pastor Clark Schultz
by Pastor Clark Schultz
June 5, 2024

Somewhere between a pike press, a plank, and high knees, the instructor shouted, “Don’t forget to breathe!”

“Who’s the idiot who forgets to breathe?” I wondered.

Mere moments later, I was the one feeling light-headed and dizzy. Yup, you guessed it; I didn’t breathe.

When you exercise and your muscles work harder, your body uses more oxygen and produces more carbon dioxide. To cope with this extra demand, your breathing has to increase from about 15 times a minute when you are resting to up to 40 to 60 times a minute during exercise.

Life is a series of breaths. From the moment God created man—the Lord God … breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7)—to when we take our last breath, a person’s days are determined” (Job 14:5). 

But what about all the days in between? Stress, work, family, depression—many times we want to hold our breath. Spiritually, physically, and mentally we become light-headed. When those moments come, don’t hold it in. Take a breath and let it all out on God because he reminds us to “call on [him] in the day of trouble” (Psalm 50:15). 

Deep breath in and now out … God’s got this.