USA – Dying Younger

 

If only the good die young, Americans are unfortunately getting better.  According to a study from the National Center for Health Statistics —live expectancy in the USA has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years.

 

For males—life expectancy fell to 76.3 years, down two months since 2014.

For females—life expectancy fell to 81.2 years, down one month since 2014.

The USA ranked 43rd out of 224 countries for life expectancy.  Someone born in 2015

is expected to live an average of 78.8 years. Overall, life expectancy has increased steadily over the years.  In 1900, the typical American lived 47 years. 

 

The survey also listed the top (5) causes of death:

  1. Heart Disease

  2. Cancer (these top two are the runaway top killers)

  3. Respiratory Disease

  4. Unintentional Injuries (traffic accidents, drug overdose, etc)

  5. Stroke

 

In Psalm 39:4, David said these words, “Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life”.   I believe David is telling us to make each day count. 

 

A couple of months ago, I purchased my new calendar for this coming year (yes, I am one of those dinosaurs that does not put my calendar on electronic devices). Every day of the year, I have written in the top corner of each day these letters TWG.  Those letters for me simply mean “time with God”.  That is the most important appointment that I have each day—and it is listed first.  If nothing else gets done that day, I have accomplished the most important thing.  

 

As we begin a new year—let’s make our time with God a priority.  Let’s learn how to walk with God, to hear His voice, and to follow Him more intimately. None of us know how many days that God has given us—let me challenge each of you, to make each day count!

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