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Stewarding Time With Others

How’s your social life?

Years ago, the Washington Post conducted a study of people aged 50 or older living in Britain. Half were retiring, while the other half, of similar age and health, were not. Researchers discovered that those who had a good quality of life before retirement were more likely to have a similar quality of life after retirement. In fact, people involved in social groups like sports, religious organizations, leisure, or professional societies, had a lower risk of death in the first six years of retirement. Those involved in two or more social groups before and after retirement had a significantly lower risk than those who only stayed in just one group, or who dropped out completely. Researchers calculated that the connection with social groups was as good of a predictor of lowering your health risk as regular exercise. This confirms God’s word in Genesis 2:18, “It’s not good for man to be alone.”

Engaging with people makes us healthier and happier. Your current quality of life is a good indication of what your retirement years will be like. If you’re not already, get involved in your church, I mean really involved. Help and serve others. Stewarding your time this way will keep your heart close to God and others. You’ll be happier and likely live longer. Hebrews 10:24 reminds us, … let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” 

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