Jane told me a great story about a 98-year-old yoga teacher—the oldest in the world. She’s been teaching yoga for 58 years and at age 80 she decided she wanted to do something else as well, so she took up ballroom dancing. The woman is healthy, flexible, energetic and delightful. She said she lives by three main principles:
- Never be negative
- Don’t judge
- Every day say: “This is going to be the best day of my life.”
I started practicing these the first week of April. At first it was really hard, especially the last one: Every day say: “This is going to be the best day of my life.” I felt like I was being a hypocrite. My heart wasn’t into it. But I did it. Then I did it the next couple days and really amazing things happened: 1. I got to talk to my niece about spiritual things for the first time. 2. I got to pray for a friend’s mother. They thought she’d had a stroke, but it turned out to be something else and she was okay. 3. I got a new revelation about humility. Every day something happened.
On Saturday of the first week, I didn’t feel like getting up. I had some bad dreams and was feeling some dread about the day. But before I got out of bed, I made myself say: “I’m going to have a great day, the best day of my life.” Honestly I said it more out of hope than really believing it. I went on to say I wasn’t going to be negative and I wasn’t going to judge. Then I got up. That was the day I got to rescue a young German shepherd dog and return him to his very happy owners. This stuff is amazing! I did have a great day.
These three life-giving principles are documented in God’s Word. One place the first principle (Never be negative) is found, is in Romans 8:28, where it says: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” How can ALL things work together for good?
The context of this verse is talking about speaking in tongues: “making intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Rom. 8:27). When we speak in tongues, we can always know that we are doing a positive thing and it is always for good. We can’t speak negative about people when we are speaking in tongues, because the Spirit of God Himself is directing the words.
God may show us something that seems negative about a person but it’s not so that we start gossiping about them or bad-mouthing their actions. The reason the Lord makes us aware of bad things is so that we will pray for His intervention. And if we know how to speak in tongues, the Bible says it’s perfect prayer (Romans 8:26), so we don’t even have to know exactly what to pray for, just that we can pray and God hears and answers.
To choose to take the high road and never be negative has certainly worked for this 98-year-old yoga teacher. Since it’s one of those eternal truths from God’s Word, it will work for us as well, no matter how hard it may be at first and then also to maintain it. But we can do it.
The second principle this woman lives by is: Don’t judge. Simply put, the Lord Jesus said: “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matt. 7:1). Only God really knows the heart of a man or a woman, so we don’t need to guess and we certainly shouldn’t be judging. It takes us down the rabbit hole to a bad place. We just aren’t smart enough to know all the factors in any person’s life, so we need to let the judging stay with God. Again, this is one that takes practice, but it will help us to live a much happier and longer life.
The third principle is: Every day say: “This is going to be the best day of my life.” Psalm 118:24 says: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” This is what God says, so we need to start saying the same. God knows what He’s talking about. God is telling us we can rejoice and be glad every single day.
For most people, these three principles will take true discipline. If we really want to be disciples of the Lord, we need to start practicing these three things daily. They will first become a habit and if we continue, a true life style, the style of life that is richly fulfilling, the way God intended.
Take the challenge with me. See you at 98!
Here’s a link, if you want to see more about this oldest yoga teacher on record. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u76yQEdflVM
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