You know what they say about death and taxes

“Teach us to number our days,

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12



I’ve got some numbers for you.  I thought they were interesting, so maybe you will too.  I read them in a magazine, but then looked online for more info, and found some differences, so I’ve averaged them out.  Nothing’s perfect and things like this are always changing, but it’s food for thought….

Following are your odds of dying of several different causes:

Heart disease:  1 in 6

Cancer:  1 in 7

Stroke:  1 in 24

Car accident: 1 in 92

Suicide: 1 in 114

Firearm assault:  1 in 319

Drowning:  either 1 in 1,008 or 1 in ,8942.  There were stark differences from my sources. 

Motorcycle:  1 in 1,020

Fire or smoke:  1 in 1,113

Bicycle accident:  1 in 4,919

Air or Space accident:  1 in 5,051 or 1 in 20,000.  Not all sources included space.

Accidental firearm discharge: 1 in 5,134

Heat: 1 in 13,729

Venomous bite or sting: 1 in 100,000

Legal execution: 1 in 62,468

Lightning: 1 in 81,000

Earthquake: 1 in 122,000

Flood: 1 in 144,156

But, of course, here’s the most important fact.  Overall odds of dying?  1 in 1.  And as missionary Jim Elliot said, “When it comes time to die, make sure you all you have to do is die.”


~ “I have set before you life and death,

blessing and cursing;

therefore choose life,

that both you and your descendants

may live.” ~

Deuteronomy 30:19



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