So far I have breathed the joy of getting my first car, of walking across stages at graduations, and across an altar as my beautiful bride came down the aisle to me. My breath has caught in my throat waiting for the first newborn cries of my children. It has stuck there saying final goodbyes to my parents.
I’m grateful for every one of them. However, with each breath I have come closer to the realization that our attitudes, our feelings, our moods and personalities are largely a product of how we choose to exhale.
In times of joy and contentment it is easy to exhale kindness, patience, and affection. But in times of conflict and strife, it is much easier to blow out hatefulness. So herein lies the real question, my friends. Are you going to breathe in anger and bitterness only to spew out ugliness and hurt? Or are you going to breath it in and transform it into grace, hope, and love? From this breath on, you do have a choice!
How have you been breathing so far?
Kevin L. Williams is a child of God, the husband of Angie, and the father of Emilee, Grant, and Gabe. He is a facilitator of learning for phenomenal 5th graders at Reed Elementary.