Three Sabbaths ago, Florence, a member of Pompano SDA Church where I attend Sabbath service, celebrated her 100th birthday.
Florence shares her three rules for longevity:
1. Honor thy parents.
"Honor your father and mother - which is the first commandment with a promise- that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." (Ephesians 6:2-3)
We owe our lives to our parents. They brought us into this world, raised us, made sacrifices for us. Therefore, we owe them our respect and gratitude.
2. Vegetarian diet
"Then God said, 'I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." (Genesis 1:29).
Medical studies show that a decrease in meat intake leads to higher health benefits. A vegetarian diet results in a decrease in high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. This translates to longevity by 20%. The World Health Organization, in its 1991 report, confirmed the positive benefits of a vegetarian diet.
3. Don't worry
Here's what the Bible says about worrying:
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6: 25-34)
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (John 14: 1-3)
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)