• The World Health Organization estimates that 1.9 million deaths worldwide are attributable to lack of physical activity.
• Chronic diseases associated with physical inactivity include cancer, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.
• More than a quarter of adults in the United States do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity, such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening, or walking.
• Sixty percent of adults are not sufficiently active to achieve any health benefits.
Here’s a profound quote I saw on an evangelical church sign in Chattanooga, Tennessee:
—Submitted by Lamar Phillips, Ooltewah, Tennessee
My young grandson enjoys singing, “Lift Up the Trumpet” as he plays or wanders around the house. I asked him what Jesus will do when He comes.
Without hesitation he replied: “He’ll say, ‘Cock-a-doodle-doo!’ ”
—Ruth Calkins, Tustin, Michigan
One day my husband was out driving the crop sprayer in our family’s fields. A businessman phoned him, and my 10-year-old daughter told the man where Daddy was. There was a long pause at the other end. “He’s . . . praying?” came the reply from the confused businessman.
I’ve attached a picture of the sprayer, in case there are people who’ve likely never seen a crop sprayer. We use it to spray for unwanted weeds and bugs in our family’s wheat, barley, and soybean fields in rural North Dakota.
I love singing, and we’ve incorporated songs into our table prayers with the family. It’s a good way to “spray” peace upon the family and get rid of those unwanted “bugs” that pester our lives!
—Brenda Klein, Sykeston, North Dakota
This article was published October 27, 2011.