Wars, natural disasters, epidemic diseases and famine are unpredictable events that happen to wipe away a significant proportion of any nation’s population anytime they happen. And when such events happen they do not look at young or old persons. They sweep away any person on their path. One of these disasters that occurred in Japan in 2011 pictured below was nicknamed Tsunami.
Some disasters sweep away, others bury, others swallow, others burn and others drown people. All get lost from the surface of the earth.
A Tsunami in action
The above are unpredictable things that can end a person’s life no matter what precautions they have taken to help them grow to an old age.
These are unforeseen acts of God and men that cannot be taken into account when planning because they rarely happen and are uncontrollable.
In the absence of the above and under normal conditions man can live longer if he takes great care of himself. Every one of us loves to grow old and it is the desire of most people not to die even when they are seriously sick.
Life is an important and a necessary commodity nobody wants to lose just like that. If God came down and promised to increase the number of years humans could live on this earth many would praise and thank Him. Whatever your age is at the time of reading this post you wish you could live up to the next 100 years.
Though God has pegged man’s surviving age at 70 years for the present generation according to the Bible and according to my own observation, many have lived beyond that age and you too can if you are able to do certain things.
A 70 year-old man
I have not yet heard of anybody who wanted to die just because he had reached the 70 years which God has allowed. The only exception I met recently was a young man of about 25 years who did not see the need to live up to 70 years if he had no money. Well he could be a potential suicide since they are all not yet wiped out.
The road to the 70th milestone is not very smooth and many have not been able to reach there and many will still not be able to reach there if they do not follow these suggestions.
In order to reach there and probably beyond I have some few suggestions for you to follow which will help you to grow older.
- Have Regular Medical Check-ups
Out of nowhere certain diseases can develop in your body without your knowledge. Some may not show any symptoms at all but will weaken you gradually. Seeing a Doctor once a year for a medical examination will help you to detect any abnormalities in your system and take precautionary measures. It can also help you to find other health problems before they start.
A Doctor conducting medical check up
A lot of people know this but fail to see a Doctor for several reasons. First, there is no outward sign of any disease to necessitate going to see a Doctor, secondly they are too busy and thirdly they want to avoid paying the small fee the Doctor will take.
Seeing a Doctor at least once a year is not a bad idea to maintain a healthy life to help you grow older.
- Become Spiritually Inclined
By spiritual inclination I mean being aware of the existence of God and trying to live in harmony with nature. This means living physically in this world but living above what entails in it. What entails in this world include sexual immorality, hatred, vengeance, anger, envy, jealousy, selfish ambition, drunkenness, idol worship and witchcraft, among others.
These things defile a person who practices any of them and make him spiritually unclean and vulnerable to early death because evil goes to those who think and practice evil.
God in His own wisdom observed this and sent spiritual leaders to come and show men how to live the spiritual life. Talk of Jesus Christ, Mohammed and Buddha.
Some of the above spiritual leaders did not live long enough, to assert that their spirituality made them live to an old age. They were very special beings and had specific tasks to perform; they came to guide men, but not to live among them.
Society benefits from those who lead spiritual lives. If you are a spiritual person someone has to benefit from following your advice and footsteps by drawing nearer to God. You have a calling to lead people and to teach them the way of life. Cause them to gossip among themselves about your humility and simplicity. Let them pick you out from the rest.
Living the spiritual life also means you don’t strive for worldly things like a mansions, cars, fashionable and material possessions. Wanting such things often bring worry and confusion to the mind and leads to doing things which may not be in harmony with nature.
Many people who profess to be Christians and give the impression of living holy lives are actually not living anywhere near a spiritual life. Their level of spiritual awakening is very low, judging from their way of life which is fraught with the quest for material acquisition and wealth. This in turn has the tendency to breed dishonest and bad practices which do not promote spiritual uprightness.
When your mind is free of having evil thoughts about others you are free. When your mind is free of the thought of acquiring material things and lots of money you are free, and when you try to live like your spiritual leader you shed much of the troubles entailed in this material world. This allows you to live longer.
- Live in a Green Environment
I have already written a full article on this topic titled FOUND! SECRETS FOR GROWING OLDER published on this site on the 8th February, 2017. Please click and read. These suggestions shall not be complete without it.
- Fast Regularly
Eating nutritious food is good for your health, so also is abstinence from taking food for a while. A healthy lifestyle should not be eating, eating all the while but interlaced with short bouts of fasting to cleanse and detox the body.
Fasting has a lot of benefits for you including both physical and spiritual aspects.
I have also observed that the one thing which motivates people most to fast is their need for God to hear their long time prayers for granting some specific requests.
Most Christians don’t fast because they want to improve their spiritual life or become holy but they do so when they want money, marriage, a child, work, protection from enemies and from my corner a visa for travelling.
Well, the purpose of peoples fasting is not of much concern here but the relevant message is to bring you the benefits of fasting so you will start practicing it to live longer. I experienced some few benefits myself and have added what others also benefited as well.
Despite experiencing some initial pains in my stomach and a dry mouth at the end of the first day, I continued for 2 more days. At the end I felt very light and thought I could be blown away by any strong wind. But I felt good about it because I thought I had some superior power over everybody. I could think more clearly and had answers to some small personal problems. That was the first experience.
Fasting has a long and varied list of benefits a couple of which are having better resistance to diseases and the power to perceive things ordinary eyes and mind cannot.
Finally because of your ability to resist diseases you can live longer.
- Always Be Happy and Cheerful
‘’Be joyful always; pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances……..’’ – 1Thessalonians 5:16
Be cheerful always
You can be joyful if you have no malice towards your brother or friend. Sometimes when you think of a grudge existing between you and someone, you are not at peace, whether you were the cause or not. In that circumstance your mind cannot be free to make you a joyful person. You must get rid of the little, little negative things in your mind to set the mind free.
Getting rid of those negatives will send you to make peace with whoever has a grudge with you. My experience shows that people shy away from making peace this way because they think the other person will mock him when he takes the initiative.
Forget what the other person will say. Your level of understanding is probably higher than his. After making peace wait and see your happiness coming from within because you have no quarrels with no-one.
Anger or envy poisons the blood. You may not know this. Look at someone who is always angry and judge his disposition. The poisoned blood causes his facial muscles to get tightly squeezed to deform his face and make it appear ugly and frightening. There is no cheerfulness in him. Neither does jealously promote happiness in any shape or form.
To be cheerful and smiling you send out positive vibrations from your body that infect anyone near you. Someone who is sad can look at you and momentarily smile back at you. If someone is laughing hilariously it is possible for people to laugh back before they ask the cause of the laughter.
It is happy people who laugh and laughter is a good medicine.
You may have the tendency to pity yourself when your expectations are not being fulfilled and time is moving fast for you. How can you be happy when this morning you probably woke up not knowing where your breakfast would come from since you cannot have it by yourself? Don’t worry over it because it is not the worry which will solve that problem for you.
In all circumstances be joyful. This is an advice from an Apostle of the Lord to men but because men’s level of understanding is limited this advice is ignored and men follow their own emotions to react to circumstances. When you react to circumstances your own way you misbehave and become violent at times and do things beyond the normal.
Happiness relieves tension and stress and makes you lively. It plays a big role in making you grow older as you always remain lively and healthy.