(With thanks and credit to Dr. Jim Dennison’s facts in his article on May 15, 2015)
Lloyd Baker turned 104 in mid-May. His friends in Wyoming postponed his party, though. The reason? He had to go to work, where he is employed full-time as a surveyor. He says the secret to his long life is that he hasn’t used soap in 50 years. I’m wondering who will be at his party.
By contrast, 104-year-old Elizabeth Sullivan says drinking three cans of Dr. Pepper a day is the secret to her long life. Her doctors have told her she should cut back, “but they die and I don’t.”
Jeanne Calment held the title of “oldest verified person ever.” Before her death in 1997 at the age of 122, she explained her secret: She poured olive oil on all her food and rubbed it into her skin, too.
Christian Mortensen was 115 when he died in 1998. He said, “A good cigar, drinking lots of good water, no alcohol, staying positive and lots of singing will keep you alive for a long time.”
Emiliano Mercado del Toro fought in World War I and died in 2007 at the age of 115. He credited his longevity to eating funche, which is a dish made of boiled corn, codfish, and milk cream. He ate it every day.
Besse Cooper, 116, may have had the best advice: “Mind your own business and don’t eat junk food. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated, work hard and love what you do.”
Is there something in you that wants to be remembered, to leave something of yourself to those who come after you?
It’s not about food, or oils, or cigars. It’s about letting your life be filled with Christ, the creator and bread of life. Things don’t necessarily increase life; some of the fittest people in the world died young. It’s not about longevity. It’s about eternity. Can you lay Christ’s mark of His promise of eternity on the lives of others who are living long but not with eternal affirmation?
Justin Martyr, a second-century theologian, taught that the “seminal logos”—”seeds of God’s word”—are planted in every soul. One such “seed” is our desire to live forever, in heaven and through our legacy on earth. But there’s only one way to do both.
There are not “many roads up the same mountain,” no matter what people say. Only one Savior died for our sins, purchased our salvation, and guaranteed eternal life to all who make him their Master. Only one Lord can make today significant forever. Only one King is worthy of our worship and service.
St. Augustine warned: “People may lose the good things of this life against their will; but if they lose the eternal blessings, they do so with their own consent.”