According to a popular Danish study done on twins:
25% of how long we live is due to genetics, and 75% is due to lifestyle and choices
According to a common sense analysis done by Emily:
100% of how long we live is due to what God’s plan is for your life
Our days are numbered. We don’t know how many we will have or what they will look like. We have all kinds of control and none at the same time. We can choose to live heathfully and responsibly and do our best to have a long, disease-free life. However, there are always elements beyond our control, and there is a God who has a sovereign plan that is likely different than our own. This time last year we were mourning the death of my mother-in-law after a short fight with a rare form of cancer. This tragedy was not in our plans. So the question is, what is the point of living a healthy lifestyle when we could be in a car accident next week or get a rare cancer diagnosis a year from now? Here are my thoughts on the matter:
Thought 1–We are given one life to live. We know that there is a certain degree of cause and effect when it comes to our decisions and our health. If we choose to smoke, then we will likely have lungs that are functioning inefficiently. If we choose to eat excessively, we will likely gain weight, have knee problems and heart disease. If we choose to drink ourselves silly, then our livers will likely complain somewhere along the line. My point is that if we make certain decisions, there is a good chance that we will suffer the consequences. When we are in the midst of suffering these consequences, it is much harder to live a life that is enjoyable and purposeful. I am not saying it is impossible, but much time, energy, and money then goes to healthcare instead of doing the things you love. Therefore, the one life that you have to live loses years of quality living.
Thought 2–A little moderation goes a long way. Too often we live lives of extremes. Some like to dedicate their time and energy to training for an Ironman. Others think that if they can’t run, than they shouldn’t exercise at all. There is something to be said for living an active, sustainable life; one where it’s not all or nothing. This goes for most areas in life, but for our purposes here, especially eating and exercise. It stresses me out to think about eating perfectly and making sure I get my 30-60 minutes of exercise every day for the rest of my life. Missing a day of exercise is ok. Eating some birthday cake is just fine.
Thought 3–Our bodies are the most intricate and amazing creation ever made. It’s ability to heal itself, endure stress, and grow strong is something that we often take for granted. If you are given a Rolls Royce, I bet you will take good care of it: take it in for service check-ups, drive responsibly and put the best gas in it. My point is this: if you see your body as the priceless treasure that it is, then you will take care of it. You are an amazing, one-of-a-kind creation!
It is good to think about these things. Why do you make the choices that you make? Do you recognize that God is the one that gives us life and he is also the one that can end it in an instant? This life is a gift; a treasure. Don’t take it for granted, and cherish the moments that you have. Live life well and enjoy it!
|Cherish life! Our days are numbered.|