Can you cheat death?

Recently, I came across an article in Newsweek from this past summer. Normally I read the weekly magazine and then toss (er actually recycle). Sometimes I will tear out a page that caught my eye and I want to reread and think over.

The June 22 issue had an article entitled, "Can you Cheat Death?"

With life expectancy for the average American man 75.2, for a woman, it's 80.4. There are factors beyond our control that can stretch or shrink one's probable life span. However, this article pointed out some other factors that are in our control that can lengthen or shorten our life span.

Here are behaviors and the years you will supposedly add:
If you regularly go to church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +1.7 years
If you floss daily . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +2 years
If you eat five servings of veggies/fruit . . . . . . . . +3 years
If you are a married man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . +5 years
[on a side note, if you are a married woman it doesn't add or subtract years]
If you regularly play puzzles like Sudoku . . . . . . .+5 years

Here are behaviors and the years you will supposedly subtract:
If you get less than six to eight hours of sleep . . . .-1 year
If you frequently feel stressed out . . . . . . . . . . . . . -5 years
If you eat red meat more than twice a week . . . . .-5 years

Problem is, I know that I should floss daily, eat more veggies and fruit and play puzzles, but I haven't since reading this article. Yes, I will go to church regularly and I will be married until whenever I reach my life expectancy.

Remember, there is not only behaviors to extend your physical life but there is also factors that can enhance your spiritual life. Talk to God. Spend time evaluating your life. Remind yourself that you are not eternal but mortal. Acknowledge that you can't get through life on your own but that you need God's help.

God said in Jeremiah 29.11, "I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future." [CEV]

UncategorizedSteve Walters