Lessons from the Worlds Oldest Man...

I have always enjoyed listening to people who are older than me. Especially those who are on the same faith journey that I am. It is amazing to hear the depth of lives that have been well lived. People who have walked through struggles and grown as a result. It is also enlightening to talk with those who have let their struggles hinder them. A friend of mine would always say that you are either a warning or an example.

When I think about these things I wonder about how life must have been for our early family. Let's take a look in the book of Genesis, in chapter 5, we see the line of Adam stretching to Noah. Adam lived for 930 years and during his lifetime he was able to see 9 generations of his descendants. Can you imagine? Nine generations were able to sit and listen as Adam would tell them about walking with God in the cool of the day. I am sure that he was able to recall with vividness the splendor of the garden, the first time he saw Eve, and the Glory of God. I am sure he would remember the confusion that came after the fall, the sadness of being apart from God, the hope that came from God's promise. Each generation was able to hear the first hand accounts of the man who knew God.

Sadly we do not have the benefit of being able to talk with our ancestors 9 generations prior but I thought I would share this story that I found today. Let me introduce you to Walter Breuning.

Walter was 114 years old when he died on Thursday. His earliest memories are from stories that his grandfather told him about the CIVIL WAR. Here are some nuggets from the story of his life as told on theBlaze.com

Here‘s the world’s oldest man’s secret to a long life:

  • Embrace change, even when the change slaps you in the face. (”Every change is good.”)

  • Eat two meals a day (”That’s all you need.”) 

  • Work as long as you can (”That money’s going to come in handy.”)

  • Help others (”The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.”)

  • Accept death. (“We’re going to die. Some people are scared of dying. Never be afraid to die. Because you’re born to die...”)
Read the story and come back and let me know what you took away from it.

Have a Good Weekend
God's Man

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