The world’s oldest man died on Sunday. His name was Chitetsu Watanabe, from Niigata in northern Japan. He lived to be 112 years old. Earlier this year he was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest man.
At the Guinness ceremony at the nursing home where he lived, Watanabe credited his long life to avoiding anger and smiling a lot. His daughter-in-law Yoko Watanabe testified to seeing him live those ideals.
“I’ve lived together with him for over 50 years, and I’ve never seen him raise his voice or get mad,” Yoko Watanabe said, according to Guinness. “He’s also caring. When I was working on my patchwork hobby, he was the one who praised my work the most. I think having lived with a big family under one roof, mingling with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren helped keep a smile on his face as well.”
Avoiding anger, caring for others, and constantly smiling. There is something to be said about those impactful character traits. We, as Christians, should practice the same behavior in our daily lives! Not so that we would live longer, but so that we would honor Christ in every facet of our lives.
James 1:19-20 says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
So today, be quick to smile and listen, but slow to become angry. Who knows, you might just live longer! But, for sure, you will be living the life that pleases God and brings praise to Him!