“The Changing Times”October 20, 2017
One doesn’t have to look very long to see the differences between 50 years ago and today. Perhaps the contrast is most starkly noted in the way the youth of today understand and process life. A lot of this is due to things wholly outside of their control. Consider these facts: they have never known a world without a mobile phone or instant internet access, 92% of young people access the internet daily, they are aware of the troubles throughout the world, and social justice and action are issues they are passionate about. (Before you read on, let those facts sink in.)
The way they see the world is unique to them. But your generation saw things differently than your parents did too. A lot of times this difference brings confusion. You might wonder, “Why do my grandkids act that way” or “Where did my kids learn that”? If you’ve ever said, “We didn’t do it like that when I was your age”, you have probably wished you didn’t. Don’t let your confusion lead to anger or withdrawal. Your kids and grandkids need your influence as they navigate troubled times.
Even though they might not ask for it, be willing and available to encourage before they make mistakes. The specific circumstances they are dealing with might seem new, but take comfort in Solomon’s words from Ecclesiastes 1:9-11. It seems that he could be speaking of our times today. You can also comfort yourself that even though times have changed, God doesn’t. This is the basis of Hebrews 13:8. He still Loves, Forgives, Redeems, and Restores, just as he has in previous generations. For this we can be thankful. Will you let God encourage you to impact the younger generation with the great news of hope and purpose offered to us? When you do, you’ll never regret it.
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