How to Live a Long Life – Advice from a 107-year-old

Most people would agree that living a long life, with good health, would be desirable.  Personally, I would love to be able to see my kids and grandkids grow-up.  Also, living in future times, to see what it brings, seems interesting.  Meeting people who have already lived long lives is inspiring.  Well, the other day, I met the oldest person ever.  107!  She was born in 1909.  It boggles my mind to think of all the changes in her lifetime.  I have met thousands of people in my 20 years of nursing, but she was the oldest.   She is from on of my favorite generations, (see my blog post on generations), and she definitely fit the stereotype of a tough cookie.  Of course I had to ask her, “what is your secret to living so long?”

Her answer “having daily conversations with God, not just prayer, but a conversation.”  Wow.   Has this woman cracked the code to the fountain of youth?  Maybe.  Just maybe, daily conversations with God, steer our life for clean and holy living.  Keeping us away from toxic substances like alcohol, drugs and smoking.  Possibly talking to God lowers your stress level, lowering cortisol.  Could conversations with God make us happier and give us more drive to live?  Is God the answer?

I don’t know.  But I do know that knowing God will make your life superior, giving you joy and peace so when your life does end, you won’t question whether you got gypped by a short life.  I do know that having a God-focused life will give you a purpose, so your life, no matter how long, will have meaning.   I do know, that having a relationship with God will make you grateful for every single day of life you are given.

So, how do you have conversations with God?  I know this is different for everyone but it is letting God into your thoughts.  It is letting Him guide your decision making process.  For example, if you are driving and start to get frustrated at traffic, but then your take a breath and are filled with peace and just patience.  This is the way of God telling you to chill out.  Another example, when you have a decision to make, you talk to God, either out loud or in your head, and wait for answers.   His answers come in many ways, and at His time.  Sometimes through opening doors and closing others, sometimes through other people, and sometimes you just get a feeling of overwhelming confirmation.  You also know when you are going against God’s will because you get a feeling of angst mixed with disappointment.

For non believers, this sounds like craziness, I know.  How can you possibly have a relationship with someone you never met?  How can you rely on feelings and assume they are answers for God?  How can the creator of the universe care about your daily life?   Once again, I don’t have all the answers.   I do know that faith and trusting God will put your heart in place where it will make sense.   The bible puts it perfectly in Jeremiah 33:3, Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Something else to think about, how is your life going so far without God?  The fact that you have read this post this far makes me think you might need some answers and help.   People are great at pretending to be happy, yet they are miserable inside.  Yes, you can “fake life till you make it”, but you are missing out on all the peace and grace that a relationship with God offers.  Not to mention eternal life in Heaven, also a perk.

So, think about what the 107-year-old had to say…

Questions or comments?