One new thing I’ve done lately is join a women’s choral group. It’s a lot of fun, we do music that is challenging, especially for me — I’m singing 1st soprano! That means I have to hit the high notes.
Everyone’s older than me by about 20 years. The leader, Phyllis, is an energetic white haired woman who wears tee shirts and tennis shoes. On one song we were having trouble doing justice to a string of high notes. Phyllis told us that if we took a deep breath, we could sing out of the overflow of that breath and have the capacity to sustain the higher tones. I tried to do what she said, and it helped.
Singing out of the overflow.
I realized that I want to apply the same concept to my life. I want to live and serve God out of the overflow.
The deep breath I take is thanksgiving. I inhale grace. I open my hands to the blessings all around me – the cat curled up in a sunbeam, the vibrant red leaves against a blue sky, the happy faces of friends at church, a kiss from my husband, a spiritual insight.
And then life isn’t so much of an effort. The breath of thanksgiving sustains me.
It’s something I do over and over again throughout the day. Inhale goodness. Exhale joyful service.
But then I began to see that there is so much more to breathe in.
I inhale grace again, and this time it is being right with God! I am HIS BELOVED CHILD. I am walking in the light and the blood continually cleanses me from sin. (I J 1:7) It is amazing. I think it again: I am right with God.
I inhale favor. I think of the way Jesus described communion with God. I am vitally connected to the vine. HIS power flows through me. I have only to ask and it will be given me. (John 15:7) Nothing is impossible for me. (Mark 11:24)
Inhale. And then live out of the overflow. May my thanksgiving be as constant as breathing. May I soak up the realization of the blessed state I HAVE. May this carry me into a life of beauty.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, … overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2:6-7
…as God’s kindness overflows in the lives of many people, it will produce even more thanksgiving to the glory of God. II Cor 4:15