Coffee drinkers are waking up to good news. Two new studies published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest people who drink coffee may live longer.
While research has brewed for years about the benefits of coffee consumption, including lowering a person’s risk for diabetes and heart disease, the two new studies present more comprehensive benefits, including a decreased risk of death.
One study of American coffee drinkers found the more coffee a person drank each day, the greater the health benefit. Participants who downed four or more cups of coffee per day experienced an 18% decrease in the chance of death compared to non-coffee drinkers. Further, the study associated coffee consumption with fewer deaths from heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease — a finding that continued across a variety of ethnic groups including African-Americans, Caucasians, Japanese-Americans, and Latinos.
In a second study, conducted by European researchers who studied people across ten countries, coffee drinkers experienced a lower risk of death regardless of where they lived.
Also interesting is the finding that decaffeinated coffee was linked to a longer life, suggesting the benefits of coffee may not originate from caffeine.
While Java may help us live longer, here is a deeper thought on which our minds can percolate today:
We may hold some control over how long we live, but we cannot make our lives more satisfying by trying to quench our thirst for satisfaction in the superficial; no possession, status, or person will satisfy.
Call me crazy, but I believe your soul and mine “thirsts for the living God” as it says in Psalms 42:2. I also believe this desire is present because we were made to crave another life – a life where we live with God. Scripture provides an insight into this longing for a better place when it says God “put eternity into man’s heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV). This explains why many people experience a “nagging sense” that the life we see is not all there is.
On my “prayer list” today are weighty issues: a single mom whose son is fighting a rare form of eye cancer; a devoted father who has never enjoyed a meaningful conversation with his nine-year-old son because of autism; and an unanswered prayer that has lingered for many years.
When I think about the God-loving people for whom I am praying, I comfort myself knowing there is indeed coming a day when:
“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore … For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:16-17 ESV).
The way to find this life is Jesus (John 11:25).
While he was on earth, Jesus said “whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35) and “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6 ESV).
Satisfaction and eternal life are available.
As you face today’s daily “grinds” how are you attempting to quench your thirst for meaning and satisfaction?