One of my dearest friend recently put together a beautiful tribute to a baby she knew that only lived long enough to take one breath outside of the womb. Even though the doctors advised this family to terminate the pregnancy knowing the baby would not survive, they knew that in God’s eyes every life is precious. The baby lived to take just one breath in this earthly life, but because of that one breath, his liver was able to be used to provide life for another.
His breath mattered. Greatly. Not to mention the testimony of this just one breath, and the story that can be told to share how precious life is to God.
In discussing this with my friend, she made the statement,
“And what do we do with the breaths we are given?”
What a question. Here this baby had just one breath in life and his life truly mattered. How blessed we are to have SO many breaths…but is what we do mattering?
It makes me think ever so much about purpose. How I want to live my life to truly matter. I want to know when I see God face to face, He will say, “Well done, my faithful servant.”
So many breaths. Each one is a gift. May I never take it for granted that I am here. That God has put me here for a purpose. May I keep my eyes on Him as I live, so as not to waste my breaths on the frivolity this life can offer.
May every breath count. For Him.
It makes me evaluate where I spend my time. How I spend my time. Who I spend it with. What am I fixing my gaze on? This world and those things that will pass away…or on Him who is eternal?
Simplifying is about much more than getting rid of material things that we don’t need or that stress us out. It is about more than “de-cluttering.” It is about making every breath count, for the One who gave us breath. To live for Him…
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