On average a person takes roughly 16 breaths per minute. Multiplied by 60, this means that we take about 960 breaths an hour. Multiply this by 24 and we take 23,040 breaths a day. Now multiply this by a year and we take a whopping 8,409,600 breaths a year. Imagine this number if we simply add in exercise. The number would be even larger. In a lifetime we will take an average of 672,768,000 breaths. Now that’s a lot of breathing.
So, what would happen if we hypothetically decided that we were going to interrupt breath number 15,659 in our daily routine by not taking it? Hmmmm … Interesting thought, but in case the question is confusing let me give you a hit: we won’t live to take breath #15,660. Each breath we take is necessary for life. Unfortunately, there is no extra credit for having taking 15,659 breaths. No matter how well we breathe, if we fail to take our next breath, it’s our last one.
Communication is a lot like breathing. Any given time we can have stellar moments of communicating. We can even be dubbed a communication Rock Stars by our spouses for remembering to inform them of an upcoming dinner engagement. Forget to mention your work is taking you out of country tomorrow, however, and your Rock Star status has just been denied and, just like your last breath, you’re done. The proverbial turkey is cooked, and so are you.
Whether we are at home, hanging out in the world, or with our Church family, communicating is vital and no matter how well we do, we are one breath away from a breakdown or a celebration.
Christ is the perfect communicator, and He gives us great insight to the art of communication. From parables, questions, 1-on-1 interactions, large group messages, quoting of scripture and straight forward truths, Christ communicated to the world His role as Lord and Savior. Christ made clear to the world who He was and His role when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except though me.” John 14:6
How will we communicate the gospel with clear precision to the world? After all, the good news of Jesus Christ is more important than the air we breathe.