Your DNA

 A story about your DNA

Genes are portions of the Chromosomes.  Chromosomes are the portions of the DNA.

DNA is a remarkable chemical code that controls the way each cell in your body is structured.

Imagine if you can  that the moment you were conceived some of the chromosomes for one parent combined with the  chromosomes of the other parent and the new individual now contains an absolutely different blueprint form every other  person on the earth.

Then when you accept this fact, enlarge your thinking to recognize that every living thing has s similar type of cell identification.  If you could find the model and serial number of a cell in your body or a the body of a sugar beet, or a  goldfish, or a  mouse, or a house fly that model and serial  number is the  DNA molecule,

The DNA is the chemical code or instruction blueprint that instructs the cell how to  build another cell exactly like itself.

The fact that cells  maintain the integrity of a single   organ in the body depends on the ability of  the cell to make another  exactly like itself.  The simplest example we can all visualize is to know that if you make a cut in your skin the skin will repair itself.  If it is a bigger cut we put  stitches into the skin to  hold the cut edges together while the skin build new cells to repair the damage. 

This cell reproduction is automatic and continues throughout the life of the individual.

All of your bones, kidneys, lungs, muscles are constantly in the process of repair and replacement of the cells that wear out. 

Genes work by manufacturing proteins. These specific proteins again are all built of chemicals.  They are  directed in the assembly by the  DNA so that  each new construction  project is under the command and direction of the DNA which  demands the exact duplication of each and every part of the new daughter cell..

The chromosome is a rod shaped structure and is located within the cell.  Each chromosome has a small substance on the end called a telomere.  Think of the telomere as being similar to the plastic tip on your shoelace.  This telomere is used during the process of cell duplication to enable the chromosome to be held in place while the cell prepares to split into two daughter cells.  The daughter cells are exact duplicates of each other.

Now comes a fact of life we must accept.  Each time a cell reproduces that telomere gets a little shorter, just as the  shoelace wears off in time.  Once the protective tip of the chromosome called the telomere is gone the cell can no longer grab the chromosome and line it up properly to get cell division.  This is why cells stop dividing and then we get the infirmities that accompany old age.  When the cell can no longer divide and replace itself it commits suicide, (that is called apoptosis), which ultimately contributes to age related conditions.

Damage Control:

One of the marvelous aspects of this potentially damaging process is the fact that your body also has an ability to produce  an enzyme called telomerase that automatically replaces and rebuilds the telomere on the ends of the chromosomes in the cells.

Lots of cells in the body have a reproduction limit, thus putting a cap on how well your body systems can be replenished..

The damage control is influenced by several factors.   One damaging factor is a thing called stress.  Most stress is actually a condition we invite into our own bodies.

Our being is composed of three aspects body, soul and spirit.  The thoughts we allow to dominate our thinking control the way we react to the conditions in life we have to face.  If there is a real reason to embrace positive possibility thinking it is the fact that we can in fact have more control over our health and longevity that we ever thought possible.

Our constitution says that Our Creator endows us with Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Abe Lincoln made the observation that a person determines how happy he will or will not be.

One of the wisest quotes I ever read was,  “I can chose to be happy today!”

There is a spectacular verse in the book of Proverbs Chapter 15  verse  13.

One translation says a merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.   The KJV says it this way:

13  A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance,
           But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14  The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
     But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

15  All the days of the afflicted are evil,
     But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

16  Better is a little with the fear of the Lord,
     Than great treasure with trouble.

17  Better is a dinner of herbs where love is,
     Than a fatted calf with hatred.

In short the main factor to shorten your joy and reduce your life is the factor of stress.

The reason we allow stress to enter our thinking is the desire to force other people to think as we do.  And when they don’t we can certainly cause ourselves great stress.

The favorite thoughts of Oral Roberts are summed up in scripture.

There are three short letters written by the apostle John in the New Testament John 3 verse two says:

2Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 

The success of many of the wonderful televangelists we can watch today is shown by the best of them .

When they have God’s word so deeply planted in their heart and soul that they automatically put God’s love and power into their message. 

The best word I am aware of in Jesus remarkable litany of good ideas is found in the gospel of  John, Chapter  14

John 14

1“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 
2In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 
4And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

That one line, “let not your heart is troubled” is the simple answer to all stress.

It is also illustrated in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi when he explains it this way:

Lord, give me the power to change the things I can change and the ability to accept the things I cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference.

When my dear Janice was dying, I asked her mother, Grace Smith,  “What can I do ?”

 Her wise answer was, accept it.  She made me wiser and happier in that instant

And that advice has followed me faithfully for more than 30 years.

The bottom line is that when stress bothers you, it is your own fault.

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