Almost Too Good to be True!
What if I told you that there is a proven way to:
- Increase life expectancy of your children or grandchildren by 8 years.
- Significantly reduce their use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs.
- Dramatically lower their risk of suicide.
- Help them rebound from depression 70% faster.
- Improve their attitude and participation in school.
- Reduce their risk of rebelliousness.
- Improve their odds for a ‘very happy’ life.
- Get them to wear seat belts more often.
Is there such a program?
You bet there is and it is supported by research from Duke University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, The Center for Disease Control, and The National Institute for Healthcare Research.
How much would a program like this be worth to you?
What if it was free and only took about 2 hours a week? Take a look at the list again. It’s not a dream. The program is called (drum roll please):
“active church participation.”
That is right!
Active Church Participation
In study, after study, children who actively engage in a faith community on a regularly basis are rewarded with significantly reduced likelihood of problems and risks, and significantly improved odds of a happier, healthier, longer life.
Guess what else? These studies show the same results for adults as well. To increase the odds of receiving these results, you can’t wait.
According to the Barna Research Group study, adults who attended church regularly as children are nearly three times as likely to be attending a church today as their peers who avoided church during childhood. (61% to 22%). In other words, parents or grandparents who want the best for their children or grandchildren should get them involved regularly at church now and actively participate with them.
We can see on TV the teaching of “parents (as) the anti-drug,” promoting D.A.R.E. programs, school uniforms, after-school programs, and athletics as solutions to various ills. And yet, a
whole host of problems plaguing young people have only become worse over the last 30 years. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Sunday School attendance has fallen over the same period. All those secular programs are not working or they certainly can’t work by themselves.
In a search for “what works,” researches keep turning up “active participation” in a “faith community” as the one consistent potent factor in raising up children in the way they should go. It’s time for the Church to speak up on this matter, beginning with you, the parents and grandparents.
Or to paraphrase Jesus:
“What parent, knowing that it is bread that really works, would give their child a stone?”
We just started a new school year as well as a new Sunday School Church year. This is a great time for YOU to get started with your children and grandchildren.
Your friend and Pastor,
Ps. Call me if you need me.
I am here for you.