The millennial males were coming out of the woodwork! In a recent short streak I had conversations with four almost back to back. One was married. One was getting married. One was in a relationship. One was divorced. Their spiritual paths were taking them in many different directions, but each was focused upon taking positive steps as they moved forward in life.
They were, in fact, moving forward in their lives in spite of many of them facing extremely challenging circumstances. This is something that excites me about this emerging 20's and 30's generation. It seems to me that they have a greater awareness of their story than I had at their age ... and their drive to move forward is strong.
I wish I could do more to help them ... I wish I were more like St. Paul who wrote, "I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law - though I myself am not under the law - to win those under the law. To those who are without the law, like one without the law - though I am not without God's law but under the law of Christ - to win those without the law. To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so that I may share in the blessings." (1 Corinthians 9.19-23)
When one gets down to the bottom line, we who have been saved through faith in Christ Jesus have one purpose in life ... and that is found in serving Jesus and his gospel to those in need ... no matter which direction it takes us ...
We already have it all. "There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death. ... And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then he who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through his Spirit who lives in you. ... If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything?" (Romans 8.1-2, 11, 31-32)
The challenges millennials face come from every direction: depression ... drugs ... poor decisions ... unfortunate circumstances ... deficits in their backgrounds and personal losses. Their issues can be mental or emotional, physical or financial ... or all of the above. And, all too often, a major contributor to their struggles - though they do not tend to realize it - comes from an underdeveloped (or total lack of) relationship with Jesus! How different they are from those who really know Jesus, and are getting to know him better. Same challenges ... same issues ... totally different stories.
And then, all of a sudden (it must be a "God Thing") I realize that the millennials' story is no different from mine, or the generations between, before, or after! Our issues and challenges are all the same ... as is the answer! No matter what direction Satan's attacks come from, "in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8.37-39)
And, since this IS true, WE WHO LIVE IN THE LOVE OF CHRIST JESUS ARE FREE to go in every direction ... South - East - North - West ... no matter what our age, circumstance or generation ... to serve Jesus and his Gospel to those in need ... no matter what their age, circumstance or generation.