• Dr. Bill Walker

Do This One Thing To Help Your Kids Grow Up To Be Healthy, Happy Adults:  Take Them To Church!

Here is PROOF from Harvard University that church attendance has amazing benefits for children!

Attention Parents: Family wellness researchers from Harvard University have found that kids who attend church experience powerfully positive benefits to their physical and emotional health compared to kids who do not attend church. [1]

The study examined 5000 children and sought to find out if church attendance had any impact on their physical and mental health as they grew into their 20s.

Here is what they found.

Children who attended church services at least once a week were:

*18% more likely to report being happier in their 20s than those who did not attend services

*almost 30% more likely to do volunteer work

*33% less likely to use drugs in their 20s

But the Benefits Didn't stop there.

Compared to non-attenders - kids who attended church:

*Reported higher levels of life satisfaction

*Were better able to process emotions

*Were more forgiving of others

*Were less likely to have sex at an earlier age

*Were less likely to have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection

PARENTS: These Benefits are Truly AMAZING and Beneficial!


Christianly Speaking

From a Biblical perspective there should be NO surprise at these findings and benefits.

We ‘go to church’ to focus on God and the teachings of God. The Bible is a book of God’s wisdom and guidance. When we follow the wisdom of God we receive God’s corresponding blessings and benefits.

When your child worships and studies God’s Word in an organized way (the purpose of the church assembly) they experience the very benefits the Harvard study confirmed:

1) They learn the true meaning of happiness and life satisfaction.

True happiness comes from a saving relationship with the God of this Universe and His Son, Jesus Christ. There is no other source of eternal happiness.

The Bible says, "Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall; happy are the people whose God is the Lord." (Psalm 144:15)


"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:12-13)

2) They learn the true meaning of service to their fellow human beings.

The Bible teaches:

"God’s gifts of grace come in many forms. Each of you has received a gift in order to serve others. You should use it faithfully." (1 Peter 4:10)

In Acts 20:35, we are told to:

"...remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

3) They learn to depend on God, not substances like drugs, to cope with the stress, frustration and sometimes emptiness of life.

God teaches us to keep our physical body clean, and to depend on Him to deal with the pressures and sometimes emptiness of life.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 1:13

"Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming."

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we are reminded:

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."

And the Bible promises us:

"But my God shall abundantly supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

4) They learn empathy and self-control which allows them to better understand and process their emotions.

God teaches us the importance of being in control of our emotions. The Bible reminds us:

"...for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." (2 Timothy 1:7)

Spiritual maturity involves developing positive, beneficial emotions, and allowing our lives to be ruled by these positive emotions.

The Scriptures teach us that when we are born again (see John 3:3,5) God's Spirit, working through the teachings of the Bible, begins the process of developing and maturing life-changing positive attitudes in our life.

"But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23).

What parent would not want their child to possess these wonderful traits?!

5) They learn that developing a forgiving spirit is not only a desire, but a requirement in being pleasing to God.

Forgiveness is a cornerstone teaching of the church. The ability to forgive one's self and others is a requirement for good emotional, and even physical, health.

Knowing this, God commands us,

"Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God has forgiven you through Christ." (Ephesians 4:32)

6) They learn to respect their bodies and keep them pure until marriage, which prevents multiple sexual partners and the potential diseases that come with them.

The Bible teaches those who follow God

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him." (Romans 12:1)

"So put everything evil out of your life: sexual sin, doing anything immoral, letting sinful thoughts control you, and wanting things that are wrong. And don’t keep wanting more and more for yourself, which is the same as worshiping a false god." (Colossians 3:5)


The Bottom Line

Parents - when your children regularly attend the worship services of the church they will be taught the above Bible verses, along with so many others like them.

Regular attendance allows these Biblical priciples to be taught, repeated and reinforced in your child's life.

The result will be that your child will greatly increase their chances of experiencing the positive life-altering benefits found in this study.

One of the authors of the Harvard study summed their findings up with these words:

"These findings are important for both our understanding of health and our understanding of parenting practices. Many children are raised religiously, and our study shows that this can powerfully affect their health behaviors, mental health, and overall happiness and well-being." [1]

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