There seems to be a trend of older generation members looking down at the younger generations with disdain, fear and frustration about the future of. . .the country. . .the world. . .the church. . .entertainment. . .etc.
I fear that sometimes we (yes, I'm now classifying myself as the "older generation" especially based on the average age of my mission team partners this week) we often allow the media, some overly loud bad examples, a false nostalgic perspective on our own past and maybe fear paint images that are just not accurate.
So, after a semester imbedded in a small group full of college-aged young adults and a week on mission here in Wales with a team of eight, here are some observations:
- There are students who love Jesus. . .and I mean really love Jesus.
- There are students who hunger for God's Word and speak deeply about His Kingdom.
- There are stduents who battle narcissism (like all of us) but realize there's a Story much bigger than them and live under the banner "It's not about me!"
- There are students who care about others.
- There are students who deeply care about the eternal destination of others.
- There are students who will sacrifice for others.
- There are students who will gather in "free time" just to sing worship songs.
- There are students who do not affirm that which culture says is good and acceptable when the Bible clearly states otherwise.
- There are students who fight against their own personal legalism and are living in the freedom of the Gospel.
- There are students who understand the difference in loving a person and affirming their sin. . .and the still love them.
- There are students who seriously seek God and His lead in their lives with awe and wonder.
- There are students who do not change to be what the latest group of "friends" desire them to be.
- There are students who are serious about their faith, but know how to have fun. This is a gift - having fun that you won't be embarrassed to put on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for fear of embarrassing yourself or others, or maybe lose a job or scholarship
This generation, like mine and all others before, have struggles and challenges. There are many who fit the poor stereotypes that exist, as with all generations. However, this group (and the group in my small group) have been used by God to show me that He is using this generation and will use them for great things. The great things will center on God.
I'm honored to be able to serve with them.
Oh, one other observation - these students are loud and apparently love soccer (especially when you're overseas and the World Cup is on.)
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Psalm 24:6 (ESV)