What is it like to be the world’s oldest man? According to Jirouemon Kimura of western Japan, “It is indescribable. I am really honored.”

Kimura recently celebrated his 114th birthday.

How? He has no explanation, sharing only that he refuses not to worry and is thankful for each new day.

Whether his carefree spirit, diet, genetics, or some combination of factors, he continues to eat three meals a day and get around with a walker.

Oh, yeah, and he has a bit of a family legacy, too–14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren!

When I was a kid, I remember thinking, “People don’t live as long as they did in Bible times.” But now we have people living nearly as old as Abraham.

Wherever you are in life today, live with the end in mind. How do you want to be remembered? What will your legacy be? Whatever it is, begin living it, starting today.


DILLON BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith. Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books include Undefending Christianity, Not in My Town (with Charles J. Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at ActivistFaith.org.

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