“Be the person you needed when you were younger.” – Unknown
This quote REALLY touches my heart!!! So often we try to portray a picture of “Christian perfection” for others to look up to. That can really be overwhelming for some people. As Christians we need to learn to be open and authentic with those around us. Especially when reaching out to anyone younger than us. I want them to see into my heart and know that I truly love them and want to be there for them along their journey. I’m not their to spank them, but to lift them up. Even if they require some form of “adjustment” in their life, I do it out of love, remembering that they have feelings and a heart that may be hurting.
So often I hear women judge the “younger generations” SO harshly. Everyone seems to be focused on the “millennials” and younger now and not in a positive way. Stating that “they should know better”, “where is their faith”, “they just want to be entertained”, “they act entitled”…….. I could go on and on. That’s not what I see!
I see women TRULY wanting to serve the Lord! The younger generations have such servant hearts but keep hearing….. “we’ve always done it this way, why should we change now”, “_________ has always been in charge of that, we don’t want to make them mad” . “Be the person you needed when you were younger” and encourage them to serve!! Encourage their new thinking!! Let them bring new life to the service projects in your congregation.
I see women with a SINCERE love for others! These are people that are ready to lay their hearts out there to love on others. They don’t see skin tone. They don’t see material status. They want to love on everyone and I think that scares us “older folks”. They hear “we need to be careful what we allow in the church”. Jesus came for the unrighteous not for the righteous! “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32).
“Be the person you needed when you were younger” and be willing to show them that you love others too!! That you would like to work with them to show that love to those that don’t know love!
I see women with a desire to have a GROWING faith! I believe our women are starving for the meat of God’s word! Just because these women aren’t committing to the traditional daytime Ladies Bible class doesn’t mean that they have no spiritual interest. I see women of ALL ages diving into God’s word and looking up for someone to share it with so that they can grow together. Why are we so afraid of “small groups”? Isn’t that what Ladies class is? These young people are wanting time spent together in God’s word, “be the person you needed when you were young” and be open to new ways of gathering together. They want to be the Christians found in Acts 2:42-47.
I see women seeking to have a relationship with God! With Jesus! And when they voice that, we get all nervous because they said “relationship”. Yes, RELATIONSHIP!! 1 John 2 is all about relationship talk. “Be the person you needed when you were young”! Be someone willing to talk about the journey and the fact that it’s because of your relationship with Jesus that you can even enjoy the journey. The fact that you allow Him to talk to you…through His word. And you share with Him in return.through prayer. Show them how to get to know Jesus. Not just the “knowledge” of His word, but the life changing affects it has had on you.
Okay, I’m ranting, I’ll stop. I am excited about the life that the younger generations can bring and are bringing to the church! They have changed my life! They have changed the way that I teach! They have helped me be a “real person” for others to lean on! I know that I can lean on them and that they will lift me up! I pray that I am being the person I needed when I was younger but I pray even more that I am the person that you need NOW! Whoever you are! Let’s do this together! Let’s give hope to those with no hope! Let’s turn the world around and show them Jesus!
Love you all BUNCHES!!!!!