No, I am not talking about porn (though it is a black hole and trap for anyone. See Proverbs 7) I am talking about the black hole that 20 somethings fall into. Did you know that according to CNN 80% of college graduates move back in with their parents? Wow! I cannot help but notice that specifically 22-29 year old people all into a black hole and are not heard from until they hit 30.
I just cannot help but think something needs to be said or done about this.
Maybe I am wrong and their is no super massive black hole (just the song by muse). What I can say is that I have/am experience the black hole for myself. I am apart of the 80% that moved back into their parents home after graduation. I am apart of the community that calls themselves jobless, and I am apart of the community that is looking for a voice an identity. Why is it that people in their twenties can only do entry level work or internships or be in bands?
I already know the answers from the “grown ups.” I have had this discussion with my dad several times. Us “babies” need experience, we need a time to learn and grow, we need to get our feet wet, etc….I am totally on board with all of this. The problem is there is no one giving us experience. No mentors out there looking for young guys and gals to pour into. No opportunities for youngins to make mistakes and learn from what they did. (please don’t take my “no” as literal. I know there are some people who are getting these chances I just have never met them). I mean the most experience in life a friend of mine is getting right now is being a beer man at Busch Stadium. He is talented and has been looking for a chance to use his talents in the church or for the kingdom of God and he keeps getting shut out. What is up with that?
I am calling you out leaders. We (I am speaking for my age group) need you to mentor us. Where are you at? Who are you pouring into? Why is it that we are the ones that have to constantly ask you to mentor us and then sit there and wait for you to tell us that you are too busy and maybe God could mentor you. I am not claiming to have it together and I am looking for you to help me out and teach me lessons that you have learned.
This post is birthed out of my frustration. Out of the idea that I have a bunch of talented friends who are looking to serve and yet are told you need more experience. This post is the frustration that comes from a guy who has heard God tell him to go forth and make the big ask (no not make the big ass, even though I feel like I am a big ass at times) and trust him only to never get even a response from a leader telling you that they are to busy.
Maybe this is why my generation is disappearing from the church.