A message for the Now Generation

October 6, 2014

A Message for the Now Generation

             This article was written especially for those between the ages of 18-30.  In modern terminology, you are called “the millenials.” You are the now generation.  Children and young people are the future generation.  The senior citizens are the “has been” generation.  Those who have died were in the generation that made history.

You are important.  You are making important decisions that, in many ways, affect the rest of us. You are making history.  Will it be good or bad?  The future of our country is in your hands.  This article was written to suggest some ways in which you can make choices that will be, not only for your good, but for the good of your country.

You need to be a role model.  Your parents invested a lot in you.  They have a right to expect a lot from you.  Don’t disappoint them.

One of my role models as a boy was a neighbor whose name was Shorty Bosselman.  He was called Shorty because he was a midget.  He was only about four foot tall.  You may think that he had every reason to claim disability, but that wasn’t available back then.  He was a successful farmer.  He had a son whose name was Earl.  Earl was a full grown man, but he was mentally disabled.  He worked right alongside of his father.

Unless you are a college student or physically disabled, you should be gainfully employed.  Yes, the labor market is somewhat stagnant, but with a little initiative most people can find a job.  The job you find may not pay much, but a little is better than nothing.  Married women with children owe it to their children to be stay at home moms.  They need to be willing to sacrifice what they could earn, and make do with what their husbands earn.  It is unfortunate that there are single moms who have no choice but to work to support themselves and their children.

Don’t find some lame excuse for claiming that you are physically handicapped so you can qualify for a government check.  We need to make a distinction between being physically handicapped and being physically disabled.  Many of us are handicapped in some way, but we are still able to make a living.  [See my article entitled “The Makers and Takers of Wealth” under “Various Themes.”] If someone asked me what I would do if I were your age and without a job, I would say, “I’m ashamed of the fact that I’m being a burden to society by accepting welfare payments.”

The generation coming up behind you needs people they can look up to as mentors.  Don’t fail them.  With God’s help, you can show them the way.   If you fulfill your role you will give the senior citizens the assurance that what they fought for will not be abandoned in the future.  With God’s help you can attain the things we are going to mention that will enable you to be a good role model.

One of the first things you need to have is the right relationship with God.  You may think, “Ah, I’m doing alright without that.” That’s what many think, but all at once they do something that disqualifies them from being a role model.  The same thing happens to professing Christians if they don’t maintain the right relationship with God.

Having the right relationship with God begins when we recognize that we are a sinner, deserving of the wrath of God.  We need to confess that to God, ask him to forgive us, and save us from his wrath by the merits of the sacrifice that Christ made for us when he died on the cross.  Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  After that, we maintain the right relationship with God by walking daily with him, and by means of Bible reading and prayer.

You need integrity.  The word means “uprightness as evidenced in character and actions” (Merriam Webster Dictionary).  It is the stability to consistently do what is right.  Many are opportunists.  They are those who take advantage of opportunities to gain something for themselves, even though it isn’t right.  Hardworking, honest people often suffer much because of this type corruption.

Convictions are something else you need to have to be a role model.  Convictions are firm beliefs about what is right and wrong.  If you have firm convictions, you don’t need to stop and deliberate every time you are faced with a moral choice.  You just do what you know is right.  Of course, you need to go to the Good Book, the Bible, to know what is right and wrong.

A happy marriage and a good family life is another thing you need.  You don’t have to be married to be a role model, but if you are, you need to set a good example.  Marriages are always successful if each partner makes a concerted effort to make his or her spouse happy.  It is a powerful legacy you can leave to your children and the younger generation.  [For a suggestion of good books on marriage see my article entitled “Help For Troubled Marriages” under “Christian Home.”]

You also need to have a local church you can call “my church.” You need the nurture and admonition a good church can give.  Your church needs to be one that has strong biblical convictions where you can grow spiritually.  [See my article entitled “You Need to be in Church” under “Local Church.”]

This is just a partial list of things you need to have to be a good role model.  If you are in the right relationship with God, he will make you aware of what you are lacking, and enable you to be what you should be.

You only live once.  Make your life count for something.  The life of many is a sad story of what could have been.  These are just some suggestions of things that will enable you to live in such a way that others will respect you, look up to you, and be motivated to also be role models to those around them.

Our e-mail address is rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

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