I used to be one of those people. You know, the GenXer with an unhealthy amount of angst towards the next generation? The ones that scoff and roll their eyes anytime anyone mentions the word millennials. Yea, that person. I was that person about six months ago. I watched and listened to the podcasts and I read the articles to best understand the enigma that is the millennial and still after all my research I believed the worst. I know, not the greatest thing to admit. Look, I have my reasons, they are pretty valid as well. I mean, I am part of a generation that is referred to as nomads. Who the crap wants to be a nomad? The millennials came sweeping in with their cute little participation trophies and now they get the title of hero generation?! Come on, heroes? What are they saving us from, their creative processes and their pretentious coffee?
Ha, true story.
Those where my for real thoughts until I was given an entire team of millennials. An entire team of heroes and creative souls that see the world as good. An entire team that longs to love God and people better and who accepts everyone, regardless. In six months I learned more about being a nomad from the hero generation then any nomad ever taught me.
So to all the 35’s and up, we got it all wrong. The problem with the millennials is not the millennials, it’s us. We don’t like our 90’s gear being redone, or the platforms of our lives being replaced with the next best thing. Let’s be honest, the reinvention actually looks way better and they will never be the next best thing if we don’t train them and love them correctly. Its our job as nomads to lead them through this wilderness so they can become the heroes they were meant to be. Heroes who don’t live in their mothers basement and aren’t wondering the proverbial streets playing pokemon all day. You know who I blame that on? I blame it on us for not being secure enough to lead them, and show them what this life should really look like.
Look, It’s not easy. They ALL have so many feelings, and they need explanations for everything!! But instead of rolling our eyes and blaming it on their youth why don’t we get in touch with our feelings and learn to cast vision in such a way that an army of heroes can embrace it and execute with more fire and excellence then we ever could!???
Oh man, this just makes me so intense, and i am not sorry about it, not one bit.
Yes, they have access to things we didn’t and platforms we may never have a chance to stand upon, but they need us to survive it. They need us to show them where the water and rest stops are on this wilderness road. If we don’t step into what we were created for we will have a generation of young people who were meant for greatness but we as the ones who have gone before were too selfish to show them how to become great.
Greatness costs, but helping others discover their greatness will cost even more.
So to all the millennials out there, find someone to speak greatness over you, read your Bible daily, and work hard. At the end of this game of life you will not get a participation trophy, life doesn’t work like that. Also, we don’t understand why you feel so deeply about things, maybe you should sit us down an explain; we are good listeners and just like you we need a buy in.
And finally to my generation that I love so much. Pushing others forward doesn’t mean your life is over, that your doors will never open or that God is done with you. It means that you understand that life is about producing eternal fruit and you’ve finally reached a point in your growth where what you produce can actually impact lives. YOU are just getting started, selflessly lend your shoulders, pray a lot and get ready; if we do this right we will be able to impact the largest generation on the earth.
Side note: to the generation ahead of me, feel free to reach back, you are desperately needed as well.
( puts down her mic, steps of soapbox )