May. 22, 2019

Think about it...

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

People my age, you know – senior citizens – seem to insist on judging the generation under us. I find it interesting that we willingly judge and condemn our kids and grandkids. What’s up with that? I sit back and listen to the criticism and ugliness thinking, “The joke is on us. These ‘kids’ will be making the decisions long after we’re gone.” Truth hurts.

Research conducted by generational studies reveals that our younger generation is more social minded, service minded, and unimpressed with organizational structure. To translate, they’d rather dig water wells in third world countries as opposed to sitting in a church pew. Again, truth hurts.

Truth, reality, may not please us but Truth, Jesus, can mold us. Next time we are tempted to trash talk someone younger than us, or even older, let’s remember this verse. Sensitivity, patience, understanding, compassion and respect are byproducts of self-control, a spiritual fruit. I must intentionally choose love and unity over opinion or winning. We can disagree on earthly issues while agreeing to love one another in the spiritual realm.

Our spiritual witness begins in our minds and how we think (Proverbs 23:7, Matthew 5:21-22). Perhaps we should think of others more often. Regardless of age.