(This is Part 2 of our “Breathe In – Breathe Out” devotional series.)
Good morning, peeps!
“Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16
If you’ve ever witnessed the birth of a baby, you undoubtedly held your breath as you waited for the baby to take their first one. After hearing that affirming “WAAAAH!”, you exhaled. Whew! Oh, Alex – my firstborn. Poor thing. I used to stand still at her crib and watch her chest rise and fall with every breath. I would put her face up to mine just so I could smell it. It was so sweet. I lie. It smelled like old milk and gastric juices, but she was my angel so it was perfect. And I was so protective of those funky breaths. No one could breathe around her. I’m surprised I didn’t place her inside of a bubble or teach her how to push down the button on a can of Lysol Disinfectant Spray when she was two days old.
In case her siblings are reading this, Mama was just as careful with you.
You couldn’t cough or sneeze within the same 2,400 square-foot space as Alex. And don’t let me see a cigarette. Are you kidding me? It didn’t even have to be lit for me to go off. I remember one time her father came into the house after having smoked a cigarette. You would’ve thought he’d actually lit one up and blew smoke at the head of her crib. Oh my goodness. I tore him several new ones as I shoved him towards the front door. “It’s in your clothes! She’ll breathe it in! OH MY GOD! What’s wrong with you??” Y’all probably think that was too much, huh? Secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 deaths from lung cancer and 33,950 deaths from heart disease each year. Secondhand smoke contains hundreds of chemicals known to be toxic or carcinogenic, including formaldehyde, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic ammonia and hydrogen cyanide.2 The only way to fully protect yourself from exposure is to eliminate smoking. There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure.
(Don’t concern yourself with that ‘2’. I straight copy/pasted those four sentences from the CDC site. I have no additional references.)
According to the above verse, Scripture is God-breathed. When we take the time to study the Word, we essentially inhale what He exhales. Let me say that again: we inhale what He exhales. He is the air we breathe. Well, He should be. As I looked up that verse, I asked myself how often I’m inhaling what He’s exhaling and how protective I am of those breaths. The word “not” was in both answers. I breathe in hundreds of “toxins” every day from the internet, TV, and billboards. Some of my conversations are full of toxins. There’s no way I’m not going to be exposed to them. To be honest, I like most of them. Not sure if I’m ready to completely eliminate them…maybe I can limit my exposure. Hmm.
I was about to end this devotional with that line when my eye caught the last sentence I copied: there is no risk-free level of
secondhand smoke exposure. Really? Man. I need a bubble. We’ll dig into this tomorrow. Have a great day.