What’s most important?

I’m currently wedged in a just-graduated, out-of-work, looking-at-my-options phase.

As the months ahead seem grey and empty, I’m tempted to give into that panic, that worldly voice whispering pressures in my ear.

But this space I’ve found myself in has reminded me of what’s important. In this unexpected breather, I’ve realised that life is actually a bit like that – a breath.

Here’s what I mean.

Inhale

Life’s about knowing God the way our lungs know air. Fill your life with him and his word. Be in his presence in prayer:

‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Psalm 46:10.

He’s gone to extreme lengths to give us such intimacy – he gave up his own Son and offered us his Spirit (John 14:16).

So enjoy knowing him – as your lungs swell with air, let your life swell with the Spirit’s will.

Exhale

And life is about sharing him, talking about him, lifting up his name to the watching world.

With God as our Father, it’s our role to make him known so he can be Father to other people:

‘We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.’ 2 Corinthians 5:20

Let’s breathe out the aroma of God over everyone we know (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Life

Breathing is how we stay alive. And it’s true of these spiritual breaths.

So, life? Before a job, before family, before travelling, life is about God.

And it can look like almost anything. We can teach, sculpt, write, paint, heal, sew, manage, raise kids, so long as we’re breathing in and out the God who loves us.

And when all those breaths are done, we will finally see him face to face, and have air in our lungs forever.