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The Gift Of Life (1 of 4)
Series: Celebrating God's Gifts
OPEN: Bob Hope was one of the great comedian of the last century. As he was getting along in years, he once commented that he'd been reading and was astonished to discover:
"Today my heart beat over 103,000 times,
my blood traveled 168 million miles,
I breathed 23,400 times,
I inhaled 438 cubic feet of air, ate 3 pounds of food, and drank 2.9 pounds of liquid,
I perspired 1.43 pints… gave off 85.3 degrees of heat… generated 450 tons of energy,
I spoke 4,800 words, I moved 750 major muscles,
and I exercised 7 million brain cells.
(pause…) It's no wonder I'm tired all the time."
APPLY: (pause…) Augustine once said, "People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars -- and they pass by themselves without wondering."
I. Augustine was right.
Most of don't realize how intricate and wondrous our bodies really are. I did some reading recently, and I was amazed at the uniqueness and intricateness of our bodies.
ILLUS: For example: In a square inch of skin, you would find:
20 blood vessels;
78 sensors for heat, 13 for cold, 160 for pressure;
650 sweat glands;
1300 nerve endings;
and 19,500,000 cells.
The skin serves several purposes including providing a protective shield against bacteria and viruses and the absorbing of bumps and bruising that might otherwise damage your bones and internal organs.… and in that inch of skin, your sweat glands in your body do double duty, helping to eliminate wastes and cool your body.
Then, there's your brain which weighs about three pounds, but stores 100 trillion bits of information over the course of 70 years. That storage capacity is roughly equal to 500,000 sets of the Encyclopedia Britannica (which, if stacked, would stretch out over 442 miles). Your ...
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