Acts 8:5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ. (See Acts 6:5) NIV
Hyperventilation is when you are breathing in more than you are exhaling, throwing your blood gases out of balance. This can be serious, but in non-chronic cases it is treatable. The problem here is that you have more oxygen than carbon dioxide. Yes, you need oxygen to live. Yes, carbon dioxide is a “waste product” and too much is a problem. But you are designed to have a balance – the “in” has to be in harmony with the “out.”
If I may view this in a spiritual sense. Oxygen is the Holy Spirit. Carbon dioxide is what we give back to the world (it is needed for plants to grow). If Christians are only taking in the things of God, and never giving back what we receive to the world it is a problem.
You are depriving the world of something it needs, but the bigger problem is it will make you sick! Webmd.com list some of the physical problems as being lightheaded (faint), heartbeat with be incorrect, short of breath, and numbness. Personally, I do not want the spiritual counterparts of any of those.
Our remedy for this is found in Matthew 10:8 – Jesus tells us here to give freely because it was freely given to you. And a bonus about giving (yourself, your knowledge and love of Jesus, time, money, etc.) is in Proverbs 11:24; the more you give, you will receive more back.
Staying healthy spiritual and not hyperventilating requires a balance between getting and giving. Philip is an example of this, he was full of faith and the Holy Spirit and he went to Samaria and gave.
∞ Jesus, thanks for being our example in “giving.” Help us to not hyperventilate so we can give out what you have given us. Amen.
Thought for the Day
To be a healthy Christian give the things you have been given.