till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come….(Ps 71:18).
I heard something the other day about this next generation of young people that I thought was fascinating. The presenter said that teenagers are not just consumers of online material, they’re creators. That stuck with me. For a long time I thought the way to reach this generation was to create things for them to consume. Now I see the way to best engage them is to create platforms for them to become the creators.
As I’m getting older I think what I’m realizing is that in order to reach this generation I have to become an expert on what speaks to them. I have to listen well, ask questions and become someone who fully invests themselves in understanding their struggles within the culture they live in.
Do you ever feel like it’s too much? The task of reaching the generations under us. Truth be told, I’d much rather hunker down and engage myself in the places, people and things that are most comfortable for me. I’d rather become a consumer instead of a creator. Maybe that’s the problem. We as adults have become so consumed by social media that we’re not training the next generation how to love God and become a social media light for Him.
So today I want to leave you with a simple, yet encouraging challenge to find a young person and invest your life in them. Yes, this is the way of the gospel. To train up the next generation of young people. Don’t allow the enemy to tell you that you can’t relate with them and are too old! Engage with them and try to understand their world, and invite them into yours. Teaching them how to engage with their creator God as they learn how to share their gifts with the world in a way that shines forth His light for the world to see.
Father, there is a generation under us hungry for truth. Use our lives to reach them. Help us to make ourselves available to them, we pray, in Jesus name, Amen.