But Lord, I don’t want to be a Millennial!

Through the years psychologists and anthropologists have determined characteristics that are shared by people who are born in certain time periods. “Baby Boomers,” for example, are defined as individuals who were born immediately following World War II and during the military conflicts that followed. They have been described as religious, hard-working, dependable, patriotic, and were largely financially successful. Other labels have been used to describe the generations who followed. “Generation X,” and “Generation Next” followed them in the decades since.

Unfortunately, the current generation, referred to as “Millennials,” have faced some criticisms regarding the particular characteristics that define them at times. These characteristics often include decreased motivation for financial success, lack of financial independence from family, personal entitlement, minimal religious affiliation, and decreased patriotism. With the current political and societal environment, it’s no wonder why many who “fit” within this age group are desiring to “opt-out” and forge a new future.

If this is you, listen closely…

First, your value as a person doesn’t come from a group of people you happen to share a birthday with. Whatever generation you were born into, it is God who determines your value. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1a, NIV).

Second, you have the ultimate choice as to how you intend to spend your life. Only you can decide to be different, it won’t happen by accident. “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15a, NIV).

Third, you have an opportunity to make a real difference in this world if you really want to.  By sharing your faith. Ultimately the success of the gospel rests in the hearts and actions of each generation. You can make a difference. “Go ye therefore and make disciples…” (Matthew 28:18, NIV).

Fourth, you can determine to overcome the stigma some millennials have created by their actions. Become independent from your family. Make the tough choice to move out-and move up. Take responsibility for your own actions. Don’t wait for the world to provide for all your needs. Take ownership of your current circumstance and chart your own course in life. “His divine power has given us everything we need…” (2 Peter 1:3a, NIV).

So, why can’t “Millennials” become the next “Greatest Generation?” The answer is that there is no reason why they can’t! Perhaps the time has come for “Millennials,” like you or someone you know, to reshape the stigma into promise. So, “Millennials,” you got this! Now, go do it!

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