I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law (Bob and Debra Ferguson) a couple of weeks ago in San Antonio. While I was there, she handed me 2 cds on breathing. The content is about how breathing properly can help reduce stress etc. Ironically, it was while I was in San Antonio that my allergies hit me again.
But as I was practicing my allergy-affected breathing techniques, I was thinking about the phrase "breathing easier". A lot of time that is applied to pressure of some sort. "Wow, now that is over, I can breathe a bit easier". Stress is reduced and hope for a healthier tomorrow can be realized.
In many ways, this "breathing easier" is to be a way of life for Christians. Jesus tells us not to "worry" about the temporal things of this world. Paul tells us to "be anxious for nothing". Worry and anxiety are not fruits of a life in the spirit. They are more the result of bad fruit that can be traced back to some bad seeds that were planted in our thoughts and actions.
My hope for the journey that we are on as a church is that we can take aim at some of these bad seeds and plant some new ones. Right after Paul tells us to be anxious for nothing, he follows it up with some great seed for the seedbed of our minds...
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Ahhhhh.
Now if we take these words to heart and begin filling our heads and ultimately our actions with these words, we should all be able to breathe a little easier.