In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him we live and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1: 1-5.
I just returned from the National NAUMS Conference where God kindled a desire within to change the way we perceive our students and young adults – those who are considered the Millennials – (age 7 through early 30’s)
They represent the most educated, most medicated, most networked and tech savvy and yet the most confused generation ever. Corporations call them ill-equipped, egocentric and lacking in character; individuals who want to be part of a team, yet they stink at working together; who want community yet spend their days networking with people who are not with them.
The news about them is overwhelmingly negative. Perceptions are powerful – at times more so than reality – because we tend to see what we have come to expect.
What if we were to change our expectations and purpose to see them in a new light? What if we saw the good in this generation and purposed to give them what they lacked? What if we infused their good qualities with the reality of God’s truth?
So what are their strengths?
This generation desires truth and authenticity. They will not put up with hypocrisy which they are quick to spot. Good for them!
This generation is passionate about doing something good and beautiful. They are very mission minded. They have however lost a passion for truth. Or could it be that they never grew one?
This generation is innovative. They are responsible for bringing us all sorts of new things like Google, Skype, YouTube, Facebook and Ebay to name a few!
They live in a culture where all around them the American Dream is failing – a dream the millennials have lost hope in and even a desire for. We are poised to see many millennials drawn to The Word if we guide them in growing a vision for how they can contribute as we restore for them the age old biblical dream to replace the shattering American dream.
What we see about this generation today is often not very pretty. What we hear is overwhelmingly negative. Yet in 1 Corinthians 2:8 we read that “Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, nor have entered into the hearts of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” We have an opportunity to help the millennials build a legacy that is rooted in the Living Word. I pray that they become a generation that comprehends the light that shines in the darkness and that they use their passions and innovative spirits to spread true hope to a desperate culture.
NOTE: It’s what they are not learning that will be the focus of the next series of blogs along with some practical tips.