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Minute Messages - 11/14 & 11/21

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In our hectic world, it is hard to keep our priorities straight.  The overwhelming daily distractions make it difficult to stay focused on the important matters of life.  Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.

Have you ever wondered what goes on every 24 hours here in America?  According to research:

Every day Americans purchase 45,000 new vehicles and smash up 87,000.  Over 100,000 people move to a different home and 18,000 move to a different state.

Every day dogs bite 11,000 citizens, including 20 mail carriers.  The Smithsonian adds 2,500 new items to its collections and more than 20,000 people write letters to the president.

Every day we eat 75 acres of pizza, 53 million hot dogs, 167 million eggs, 3 million gallons of ice cream, and 3,000 tons of candy.  Whew!

The hectic nature of our culture demands that we prioritize our lives.  Remember this: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”  If every day in America, you will keep God at the top of your priorities, you will find peace in the midst of chaos!

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Stop and breathe deeply.  In that breath, live to the fullest because every breath is a gift from God.  Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message. 

The average person takes sixteen breaths per minute; that’s more than 23,000 per day, 8.4 million per year and over 550 million in a seventy-year life span.  With every breath your lungs expand and contract.  The oxygen rich air flows through the bronchial tubes into smaller air passages ending in tiny balloon-like air sacs called alveoli. Some 300 million alveoli exchange carbon dioxide for life sustaining oxygen.  The rule of three states that we can survive three weeks without food, three days without water but only three minutes without a breath. 

There is that rare flash of splendor that takes our breath away.  Sometimes two important moments happen in the same breath.  At times you pause to catch your breath, or in disgust mutter something under your breath.  

The Psalmist reminds us that our lives are but a breath compared to God.  So, until we draw our last breath, don’t waste a breath.  Thank Him with every breath for his marvelous gift of life. 

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