January 18, 2016

Church Attendance Increases Life Expectancy

If I told you that doing one thing, once a week, would boost your immune system, decrease your blood pressure, and add two to three years to your life, would you do it? The good news is that if you’re reading this blog, you probably already are! That one thing is: Going to church.

Yes, scientific studies have shown what many of us knew all along – God helps us do better, feel better, and live better. But it’s not just God who gets the credit – it’s also our God-loving community. We give each other tremendous support, and the stronger your community is, the stronger you are.

I know we all have behaviors and habits we’d probably like to change, but statistically, regular church attendees drink less, smoke less, and use fewer recreational drugs. They also, overwhelmingly, report higher satisfaction in all areas of their lives (called a “positivity bias” by social scientists – but I say we’re just happier!). The fact is, vividly experiencing a loving God makes us healthier.

Many of us have a close, loving relationship with God which helps us in our daily lives. But, I also know that we tend to forget how much He helps us, and how much more He can still help us. When you have Infinite Power to do Good on your side, aren’t you a little foolish if you don’t use it? Are you asking God to help you on your path to health?

This Sunday, when you go to church, use your community and your connection with God to support your efforts to change your life for the better. Ask your friends out for an after-church hike (maybe even make it a standing offer) to revel in the natural glories He’s given us, and do something good for your health at the same time.