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Staying Healthy and Happy Over 50
Find Good Health And Happiness By Faith
The purpose of this lens is to inform those over 50 on how to use the power of faith to improve the performance of their minds and bodies to find good health, happiness and the purpose of life. For starters, don't live alone. If you don't have a partner, find one.
Secondly, if you think the bible is a fraud written by charlatans whose aim is to keep the masses in a state of delusion, then the information here would be of little help to you. However, if you want to stick around to see where I'm going with this lens, you are welcome.
If you believe the gospel is the true word of God, then you will take note of what Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well".
What Jesus meant by "all these things" are food, shelter, clothing, good health and happiness. If you find it hard to believe that by seeking "God's kingdom and righteousness" you will have all these things, you are not alone.
The reason we don't get all the things Jesus promised is that something is missing in our relationship with Jesus, and what is missing is faith. The links below would take you to my discussions on the meaning of faith, how to receive faith and how to hold onto faith.
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Meantime, age is just a number. Wake up every morning with a positive mind to be healthy and happy, but first check with your doctor before engaging in any new activity; for no other reason than that over 50 some activities may be harmful to you. Most importantly, if you don't have a partner, find one with whom to share your life.
Don't Live Alone, Find Someone You Can Love
The first step to true happiness is finding a partner you can love, with whom to share your life. Alone you are missing so much in life; worse still you are not aware you are missing so much because you have nobody to call your attention to what you are missing.
You may argue, you have a television, a radio, a computer, a telephone and your faithful and loving cat Sally. These are enough companions. Why want a partner, when all you would get is stress from dealing with another person's problems.
When you are searching for love and happiness, such thoughts would rarely enter your mind. You want to meet as many people as you can, and carefully select one who shares your interests, and with whom you feel comfortable. The next thing is to hold onto him or her for the rest of your life, and to a large extend that depends on you.
The test on whether we can love our neighbors as we love ourselves starts at home. If we cannot find someone we can live with, and learn to love him or her as we love ourselves, how could we love a stranger.
Living with a partner, we find opportunities to learn how to love, to overcome anger with understanding, hatred with love, fighting with peace, hurtful speech with speech of compassion and sorrow with happiness.
Still, all is not lost, even if your condition of life, or life experience does not allow you to live with a partner. You can still have a relationship with someone you care about. Someone you can talk with regularly on the phone, someone you can go out with for lunch or dinner, someone who cares about you so much he or she would drop everything to come and see you in an emergency, someone you can love and be loved in return.
Regardless of how old you are, once you are in love, you have a reason to wake up every morning excited about the possibilities the day would bring, you have a reason to work on being healthy and beautiful, because soon the phone would ring and the one you love would be at the door to take you out.
When we live with someone, or have a genuine relationship with someone, we learn how to love our partners as we love ourselves, and from that love able to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and this love makes God proud that he created us.
What Faith has to do With Good Health
You may be wondering what faith has to do with good health. It has everything to do with good health when you recall what Jesus said in Mark 11:22-24 "Have faith in God," Jesus said... "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
You are reading this article because you want good health, and there it is, in Jesus' own words, "whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
Yet, the thorny question many Christians have had to grapple with since Jesus spoke those words is: " Yes, I have prayed, and I believe; why have I not received what I asked for?
When you recall that Jesus mentioned the word "faith", you would note that he was speaking in spiritual terms because faith is a spiritual act. What Jesus meant was whatever you ask for in prayer you will initially receive in spirit, if you believe.
The next step is to transform what you have received in spirit into physical form. As we learned from reading "The Meaning of Faith," the transforming of what is spiritual into what is physical is done by using the wisdom and power of God.
This calls upon you to use the wisdom of God to obtain all the relevant information on good health, and the power of God to put that information into practice. It is by obtaining and putting into practice the relevant information on good health, that you create the conditions in which the miracle of good health would happen in your life.
Well, you may say, those without faith do attain good health by obtaining and practicing the relevant information on good health.You are right, but remember they attain good health, not the miracle of good health. The miracle of good health does not only bring you good health, it also radiates love and happiness from your entire being.
Therefore, don't be deceived that all you need to do is pray and bingo, you would have what you ask for. Jesus use of the word "faith",which requires that you act upon your faith, to give physical form to what you pray for. James 2:17 confirms this truth, "faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead."
Whatever you pray for, God gives to you, but in spirit. It is your responsibility to transform what you have received in spirit into physical form with the wisdom and power you already have through the Holy Spirit who dwells in you. God has done his part, now is your turn to act.
Balanced Diet and Fitness
For information on a balanced diet that contains all the essential nutrients your body needs for good health, and regular physical exercise to tone and strengthen your body, read my articles on "Diet and Fitness".
What Faith has to do With Happiness
Happiness is not smiling all the time, or bursting with glee, or that fleeting exhilaration, pleasure, or sensual rush pursued by the young and restless.
For people over 50, experienced and calm, happiness is being satisfied, being content with what you've accomplished, as a result of using your gifts and time to bring purpose to your life by doing something good for others.
Happiness is not something you can single-handedly create for yourself, rather it is a reflection of what you have done to make others happy. In other words, happiness is derived, it is not self-generated. So if you want to be happy, first make someone happy.
This is where the problem begins, and the reason faith has everything to do with happiness. During our upbringing, we are carefully taught that making a lot of money and accumulating material things would make us happy.
This thinking interjects into relationships with our neighbors the dictum "the survival of the fittest," with the result that the purpose of life is distorted into a zero sum game, in which when I win someone must lose, and when someone wins I must lose.
This relentless pursuit of money and material things is a driving force that can only be slowed down and reprioritized by faith. Faith gives us the power to subdue the cravings of the flesh. It enable us to see clearly what is important in life; reminding us that although we have all the money and material things we wish for, yet we are unhappy.
When you choose faith as your guiding light, you begin to love your neighbors as you love yourself, you begin to learn and grow in compassion and forgiveness, you begin to respond to every inconveniences, annoyance, or crisis with calmness and grace, you begin to see beauty and opportunity where others see flaws and failure.
With faith you are empowered to see something good in every bad situation in your life, be it sickness, death of a loved one, or the loss of a job. Faith means acting on life, not accepting life as it is. It means strengthening the bonds of love, kindness and forgiveness in your family. It means doing something good to make someone happy, and be happy in return.
Happiness is the doorway to finding the purpose of your life. If you are not happy, you have not learned how to love your neighbor as yourself; you've not learned how to have compassion for the people around you; you've not learned how to give freely your talent and time to those who ask nothing more from you than to listen and to care.
What Faith has to do With Finding The Purpose Of Life
Finding the purpose of life involves doing and saying things to bring happiness to the lives of your family and neighbors. Start with responding to every inconveniences, annoyances and crisis with calmness and grace. This way you would find inner peace and become aware that God's purpose for your life is for you and all those around you to be happy.
Think about the air we breathe, think about the water we drink, think about the fruits, vegetables, and herbs for our eating pleasure, think about the animals of the fields, and fishes and other foods from the sea. All these were perfectly designed and put in place, in sufficient quantity and variety for our survival and enjoyment.
Many are confused why God created all these things for our happiness, yet does nothing to end suffering and unhappiness. Some believe that we were created to be unhappy on earth, in order to prepare us to find happiness in heaven. This argument is incongruous with the quantity and variety of material things God has provided for our enjoyment, and the spiritual knowledge in the gospel for our inner peace and happiness on earth.
Unfortunately, many of us have not found happiness because we have departed from the path God laid down for us to find the purpose life. We have chosen to satisfy the needs of the body, rather than the needs of the soul. Forgetting along the way, that when the needs of the soul are met, the body comes in perfect harmony with God's purpose, and is enabled to find happiness.
By faith we are enabled to meet the needs of the soul and bring the body in harmony with God's purpose, which is why faith has everything to do with finding the purpose of life and happiness. Without happiness life has no purpose, it is reduced to endless toil from cradle to grave. To have a purpose life should offer us a reward, and that reward is happiness.
By applying your God given talents and time to bring happiness to your family and neighbors, you would find the purpose of life through your accomplishments, and be rewarded with happiness.
What Is Important In Your Life
If at this very moment you are sick and in pain, have lost a loved one, have lost your job, or your house is about to be repossessed, being afraid and unhappy are wasted emotions. They take away from you the clarity of mind you need to see what is important in your life.
And what is important in your life? It's not being sick and in pain, it's not having lost a loved one, it's not having lost your job, and your house is about to be repossessed.
What is important is that you are alive, you have your family and friends, and the goodwill you have built during the course of your life with friends and family from which to draw in your time of need. And when all else fail, you have God. He will be with you as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, to protect and comfort you; so don't be afraid.
God doesn't want you to be afraid and unhappy. It's the evil one who wishes you be that way all your life. God knows that, and is the reason he has given you the wisdom and power to overcome fear and unhappiness.
What many of us fail to do is to use God's wisdom and power to elevate our minds to higher thoughts, to where we are able to see through the fog of our problems, see past the lies that the evil one is feeding our minds, to the solutions God has for our pain and sorrow.
It is possible, my friend, by the wisdom and power of God to find solutions to all your problems in this life, but they will not come on a silver platter. For instance, if God instantly gave what everybody asked for in prayer, there would be chaos on earth. Imagine what would happen if Julie wants the sun to shine at a particular time during the day, but at that very time Harry wants the rain to fall.
To avoid the resultant collapse of the physical and biological laws of nature that would ensue, were God to allow more than 6 billion people on earth to instantly receive what they wanted, God is offering his divine wisdom and power to all who would accept them, and use them to create the conditions in which what they pray for would become theirs.
The aim is to get your hands on God's wisdom and power and use them to end your fear, and bring happiness to your life. How you do that is by faith. This may sound unsophisticated and pedestrian to you. If that's your view about faith, it allows the evil one to divert your mind from what works against him to what works in his favor.
On the other hand, if you allow God, he will be with you every step of the way until you overcome your fear, and find happiness.
Fruits for Your Heart
Feed your heart with the fruit of love, so it will not learn to hate.
Feed your heart with the fruit of giving, so it will not be lonely.
Feed your heart with the fruit of laughter, so it will not cry.
Feed your heart with the fruit of happiness, so it will not find sorrow.
Feed your heart with the fruit of peace, so it will not go to war.
Feed your heart with the fruit of life, so it will not kill.
Feed your heart with the fruit of light, so it will not walk in darkness.
Feed your heart with the fruit of courage, so it will not be afraid.
Feed your heart with the fruit of healing, so it will keep you healthy.
Feed your heart with the fruit of calmness, so it will not be frustrated.
Feed your heart with the fruit of compassion, so it will not be arrogant.
Feed your heart with the fruit of truth, so it will not lie.
For, Jesus said in Mark 7:21-22, "From within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slender, arrogance and folly".
Connecting With God in Spirit
God is a Spirit, as we read in John 4:24. In his pure nature God exists only in spirit, unless when he desires to interact with us, as when he came and lived among us in the person of Jesus. Being human, in our physical nature, we cannot interact with God or see him. The soul is our only connection with God in spirit.
As we nourish our bodies daily with meat and bread, we should also nourish our souls daily with the word of God. Just as we will not keep food and water from our bodies for weeks, so too we should not keep the word of God from our souls.
When your soul is properly fed daily with the word of God, your spiritual connection with God remains strong, allowing your prayers to reach God's ears and his blessings and miracles to manifest in your life. Nourish your soul daily by reading the gospel.
In John 6:51 Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
The Gospel Is Light to Your Feet
The gospel is light to your feet. As the sun lights the physical world, the gospel lights the spiritual world. Without the sun darkness reigns, and without the gospel we walk in spiritual darkness.
Walk with the gospel daily to light your path, so that you will not hit your foot against a stone, so that you will find the solutions to your problems, and know God is with you.
Read the gospel daily, feed your soul with the fruits of the gospel, love your neighbors as you love yourself; and you will remain in the bosom of God all the days of your earthly life, till you are caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus in the air.
When Jesus spoke again to the people he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
When All Doors Are Closed Go To The Psalm And The Gospel
When your life is falling apart; when every door is shut before you; when loneliness your constant companion, and the noises in your head too loud to hear the truth; reach for the Psalm and the Gospel.
Find a quiet place and read the Psalm and Gospel. Do not stop until you have read a chapter or two. Listen carefully to your mind, and you will hear the Word say, "Life is worth living. Life is an opportunity to be free and happy, when you know what you want to do with your life."
However low you may have fallen; however hopeless your life might seem; rise to your feet, dust up yourself, and with the Holy Spirit guiding you, use God's divine wisdom and power to ask questions, seek for what you want, and knock on closed doors.
For, as surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; as surely as all rivers flow to the sea; as surely as night is followed by day; ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock on closed doors, and they will be opened to you. With the Psalm and the Gospel, with hope and perseverance, you can turn your life around.
Listen to Jesus in Matthew 7:8, He is speaking to you, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
The Word is God
In John 1:1 we read, "The Word is God". He became flesh, lived among us in the form of a man, and died on the cross, in order that we could receive him in the written Word. By hearing and reading the Word, comes faith.
With faith comes the purification of your soul to accept the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Once indwelt by the Holy Spirit, you become a child of God, then you can say, "I and my Father are one," as Jesus said in John 10:30. You can also say, "Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world."
Therefore, seize your problems by the horns, and like the captain of a ship, do not allow your problems to steer you into trouble waters. Don't look at your problems as tormentors, but as the rungs of a ladder to happiness. Simply take the first step up the ladder. God is faithful. He will walk with you the rest of the way, if you hold onto the Word.
"In the beginning was the Word,...and the Word was God...to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God." ( John 1:1-13, quoted in part).
Why Can't I Find God
To find God and feel his presence in your life, you need to read the gospel to invite the Holy Spirit in your life. As you need light to see your way in physical darkness, so too you need the Holy Spirit to light your path in spiritual darkness.
When your desire for God interacts with the gospel by hearing and reading; the sincerity of your heart transforms the written words of the gospel into life through the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, and lifts your mind to the things of the spirit. When this happens, you would have found God.
God is alive, but you cannot find him if your soul is spiritually dead, and if you walk in spiritual darkness. Allow the gospel to regenerate your soul then you will find God, and feel his presence in your life.
You will be glad to know that not only will you find God, but you will also see him, as we read in Matthew chapter 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
Invite Your Family and Friends to Read the Gospel
When you invite your family and friends to read the gospel, you would be reading the same information, which is helpful in a discussion, as all members of the group would understand what is being discussed and make helpful contribution.
The problem with such group discussion is that, although reading the same information, each person may have a different interpretation of the written words. The solution to obstacle in moving the discussion forward is to ask what effect each interpretation would have on others, and if its proponent would want that effect visited upon him or her.
The main reason we seek God through the gospel is to receive divine wisdom and power to enable us treat others as we would want to be treated. As a result, there would be less fighting and more working together for happiness in your family and with your friends, as each person strives to put the gospel into practice each day.
Certainly, if we cannot treat others as we would want to be treated, reading the gospel and going to church every Sunday would be in vain. God would have no spiritual relationship with us, and we would not find happiness.
In Matthew 7:24 Jesus said, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and put them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock".
What is Love
When I talk about love, I don’t mean: boy meets girl, or the love between a husband and wife, or a child's love for his or her parents and verse visa. Although such love is important, it has a poor track record in human relations.
For instance, over 90% of high school love affairs do not end in marriage, and over 50% of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce within a year. The love between parents and their children often turns cold as the kids grow older and leave home.
Human love is too fragile, too easily broken, and too often abandoned. Nobody knows this better than you and I. Yet love can be made more passionate, more rewarding and more enduring, when we first love God and receive his wisdom and power to broaden and deepen our love, so that it can withstand the exigencies of modern life and human frailty.
This extraordinary and unbreakable love comes by faith, which in turn, comes by hearing and reading the gospel. With faith we are able to love others as we love ourselves, and since we cannot breakup with ourselves, the love for our families, friends and others cannot be broken.
In Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself."
What Sort of Love is This
Having brought into being the Word and the Holy Spirit as one in the Holy Trinity, you may ask, why didn't God stop there? Why did he create the universe and humankind, when he knew the end from the beginning that man/woman would disobey him? What sort of love is this?
Here, we stumble upon the spiritual meaning of love, which is to perform an act of kindness to someone without expectation of the same in return. God is pure love, the expression of which brought into being the universe and humankind.
For six days God labored to create our Solar System, and placed within it the planets and stars where they would not collide with each other; provided the earth with a vibrant vegetation bearing luscious fruits, lower animals, fresh water, the indomitable oceans, the graceful moon, and the light of the sun.
Just think about this for a moment, God created all these things, and gave them to us free of charge knowing that we would disobey him. What an amazing love?
In John 3:16 we read, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life".
Jesus Christ, The Personification Of The Truth
Even before God sent his only begotten Son to live among us, he knew Jesus would be crucified; yet he did not hesitate to send him.
Even before Jesus accepted the task of bringing the gospel to humankind, he knew the established religious organizations would violently oppose him and seek his death; yet he said to his father, "Not as I will, but as You will".
Seen from a human perspective, one wonders aloud why did Jesus agree to fulfill God's salvation plan for humankind, when he knew it would result in his death? He explains why in John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends". Jesus laid down his life in order to bring us the truth.
But Pontius Pilate asked, "What is truth?" And the people shouted, "Crucify him". And so it was that Jesus was nailed to the cross, and lifted up, so that all humankind would see him, and be saved by the truth for which he gave his life.
In John 8:31-32 Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free".
In Love We Find Victory
Jesus did not say a word out of hate, or raise a finger in anger against his accusers and assailants. Like a gentle lamb he walked toward the cross, and when lifted up, he poured his love upon all humankind.
In his body he absorbed our sins, with his stripes he healed our wounds; on the cross he suffered so that we would not suffer; in loving his enemies and praying for those who persecuted him, he taught us how to love.
With love Jesus defeated anger, with love he defeated hate, with love he defeated death, and in victory he said in First Corinthians 15:55, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
In First Peter 2:22-23 we read, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly."
Is Love too High a Price
Is God asking for too much when he tells you to love him with your all; when in fact, he was the first to love you with his all, even before you were born?
Is it too high a price to pay when God tells you to love your neighbors as you love yourself? Or to do onto your neighbors as you would want done onto you, and to pray for those who persecute you?
In exchange for your love, God will purify and transform your soul into a hospitable dwelling for the Holy Spirit by whose divine wisdom and power, your problems would be taken away and replaced with inner peace and happiness. Considering the reward, is loving God and your neighbors too high a price to pay?
In Romans 5:8 we read, "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Why Do We Pray
When we stand, kneel, sit, or lie in bed, and pray in sincerity; our hearts and minds are lifted toward heaven, affirming in our souls that, although unseen, God exists in truth.
The soul being a spiritual entity is the source of our spiritual awareness of God. The soul takes our prayers and groaning and translates them into a spiritual language acceptable to God. Upon receiving God's response, the soul presents it to us in the form of hope.
The hope that our belief in God will not be in vain. The hope that we will feel God's presence in our lives. The hope that we will receive what we ask for in prayer. The hope that we will see God when our earthly lives end; is the reason we pray.
In Luke 22:30-40 Jesus said to his disciples, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."
How Should We Pray
The debate goes on regarding whether we should pray verbally or mentally, and whether we should pray in public or in private? The general consensus is that we should pray mentally in public, and verbally in private (Matthew 6:5-13).
Certainly, we would not want to pray verbally at a bus stop, or in line at the supermarket. Praying in church verbally creates a continuous indistinct droning sound, as the voices of hundreds of worshipers collide, and reverberate through the church. However, it's advisable to follow the practice of your church.
In private you may pray verbally, as both God and Satan would hear your prayer, but while God would be pleased, Satan would remain in excruciating pain, finding relief only by fleeing from you.
On how to pray Jesus said in Matthew 6:6-7, "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words."