I find myself often blogging very fast, saying what I say and leaving it alone and moving on to the next thing but recently most of my thoughts have been staying on the same subjects so this calls for some more explanation to these things. I am referring to older posts in the past few months.
I posted a while back quoting the New York Times article while also mentioning a very eye opening book called Generation Me. Both of these sources say the same thing. There is a crisis in our generation and it is mostly concerned with growing up. Our subjective selfish tendencies are to be consumed with ourselves. Thinking of only me myself and I and everyone else gets the back burner(even ones we love, even our own families)
What am I saying? I had mentioned in that post the idea that marriage has been lifted to a later age then it was in the 70’s and even say also the 80’s until now. I can’t even begin to think of how many things have shifted in our world just in the past decade. That is a whole post in it of itself.
Point being: the way that 18-25 year olds think about the world is radically different then the way that same age range thought about life just 20 years ago. You could muck it up to the plain truth that of course things change as decades pass because we invent new things, think new ways, learn from mistakes and make new ones all the time. But, and I emphatically say but because more than any other generation ours is the most concerned with false hopes.
We haven’t experience the black Tuesday in 1929 where people were jumping out of buildings but we are steadily and subtly experiencing a false sentiment of what it means to succeed in America.
The main reasons for stalling in your twenties is how you see yourself in life. In the present day my generation believes mostly that we have the right and entitlement to things that don’t belong to us and are not meant for us.
We believe that we deserve the world to treat us like kings and queens but we can’t make our own bed and wake up early and keep a steady job yet we want to be the richest people in the world.
We are starstruck with ambitions to be actors, musicians, screenwriters(I myself want to do this one).Or the success with no work into it. This is why the percentage of people finishing college if way more than those that start. This is why few have Doctor before their first and last name because its about 10 years of arduous study. Most of us would not want to do that much work but that is what it might take for some of us.
Not bad goals but very broad and mostly unrealistic. Very few make it in the business of being original to the degree that you are lucrative off your creativity. I wish it was true that what you are good at will make you money but that seems to be a huge error in our world right now.
Which brings me lastly to say, what we want is unclear because we don’t fully know who we are and where we are going. We lack vision.So, we have false expectations, we are wasting more time then using it wisely which leads to the lack of growing up and taking responsibility and we think that we can have our cake and eat it too.
We don’t value hard work, caring for others(as in not being so self-consummed you don’t send your parents birthday cards), We don’t want to be accountable for what we do which has led to a life of convenience lacking responsibility.
Now, this might sound negative and I think we all stink and need to grow up. No, that is not my point but I do believe that in our twenties and even if you are 12 years old reading this it is important that we grab a hold of the right vision for our lives.
If we do not have vision then we perish. If you haven’t been to IHOP or have not heard Power of a Focused Life I do recommend those resources but most pertinent to you should be the answer to yourself: what is my purpose?
And your purpose is 10o million percent connected to what Jesus’ vision is for your life. What He says about us. What He tells us to focus on, what he deems to be what you can’t take with you when you see Him face to face. What will happen when our lives are before His burning eyes, what will we say?
My goal in saying this is to provoke the ones who are “stuck” in the stream of mucking it up to being young and justifying screwing around which is understandable in our culture but is not what the Lord is saying and doing. There are tons of you who are on the course of having vision for your life but this post goes out to those of you that feel like you are wandering and squandering your time. Living with constant angst about the future.
I empower you to go before the throne of grace, repent if need be for wasting time(and need be I need to repent to as I am saying this) and press delete and put yourself in a place where you desire vision from heaven. Having good counsel and good friends is great, its helpful to listen to older ones who have that life experience but that can’t be an end in of itself, we all must go before the throne of grace with these issues.
God wants to mature us, he wants us to grow up because He has so much in store for us and if we are not able to bear it then I don’t think He will give it. Many are called but few are chosen, think about that for a bit. The call is for everyone but few say yes and actually DO IT and actually follow through.
I want you and me to succeed before heaven. We are already loved by God it does not change but because God is full of mercy and love for us He does not want us to wander and waste our lives. He wants us and I want this for myself to be bold in that day and pleased with our offering before Him.
Let us be found watching, waiting and praying.