Do you ever feel like you get a bad rep? I feel like this a lot. Mainly I feel like this because of how we
(I am strictly talking about 20 somethings and Christians) are portrayed in the media. I am really tired of seeing commercials where the daughter brings home her new boyfriend that has stupid hair, dumb clothes on and is named “snake.” Tell me one person that actually looks like that? The perception is terrible, these are things that I hear people say about my generation: lazy, arrogant, unmotivated, apathetic, prideful, egotistical, unruly, and this is just what my Grandpa says. It has gotten to the point that we are put into a role that we start to live up to. When someone tells you that you will never amount to anything you start to believe you have no self worth.
You can throw me into the role of being a complainer, but in all reality the way that people view 20 somethings is wrong. I am a big component of calling someone up. Giving them something to strive after, to go forth and grab. Unfortunately, this is not taking place. Instead we are being told it is okay to not get serious until we are 30, that you can get by with only %50 of what you can give. I am tired of hearing about waiting our turn. That we cannot give back to society until we have experience and have learned thing about life (AKA, until you get to be 30). Call me naive, but I believe in generation Y. I believe that we are better then what people say about us, and I believe that we can have a huge impact on the world and on the church.
Lane Kiffin has ruined everything. Lane Kiffin is the former coach of the Tennessee football team and current coach of the USC Trojans. I believe he represents the problem. With his recent news of his abandonment of a commitment after only one year he lost the trust of a university and a nation. Lane Kiffin was viewed as the “young” coach, the hot shot 30 year old that was the rising star. Unfortunately, he once again set the example of what most people perceive young people as being, undisciplined and unprepared. Lane Kiffin has once again showed that maybe we are not ready. Maybe in all reality we do stupid things, say stupid stuff, and need time to learn from our mistakes.
I was talking to Pete Wilson the other day (I know, name dropping is very cool) and his word of advice to a 20 something generation was this: don’t microwave your faith. Don’t get so caught up in having instant results that you start to become something you are not just so you can get results fast. I think he is exactly right. I have been in the process of microwaving everything I know. Expecting to gain a voice without the learning the words. In a time where I am looking to give and be a leader, I am simple being called to prepare and serve.