Dear Millennials: You Are Not What I Expected

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Dear Fellow Millennials,

At some point someone made a declaration that millennials are lazy, unorganized, self-absorbed, apathetic, and rarely take a moment to glance up from their phones.  The word spread that millennials also lack patience and lack respect for the traditions and values of previous generations.

News Flash: I don’t know who started such a vicious rumor, but it’s simply not true.  Such terms cannot define such a complex and diverse generation.  They do not define my generation.

The specific purpose that millennials possess has been on my mind a lot lately.  Especially because, as a millennial myself, I have heard the term “millennial” thrown around as if it were a bad word or insult.

It’s time to change the dialogue of what it means to be a “millennial.”  Really it’s time to take ownership of our generation and to continue to define it for ourselves.  It would be a shame for others to miss out on all that our generation has to offer because a few misinformed generalizations clouded their view.

Here are some reminders for my generation:

  1. You aren’t too young to do exactly what God calls you to do.  This piece of advice really is motivated by a letter Paul wrote to Timothy.  In 1 Timothy 4:12, Timothy is told, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.”  Granted this scripture was about Timothy in ministry, but it resonated with me.  I began thinking about all of those young folks in the Bible (and during my lifetime so far) who God used to do incredible things.  (God used/uses older people too, but I’m just going to talk to the younger folks in this post.) If God could work through young people then, I know He can work through young people now.  God knows your age and what He is calling you to do.
  2. Fear is real, but it doesn’t have to win.  Fear did not create you, so don’t put your faith in it.  Yes, there will be times when you feel scared.  However, God knows exactly what He is doing when He calls YOU to do something.  He knows your circumstances.  He knows your age.  He knows your financial situation.  He knows your life.  What you need to know is God is with you.  Trust God and not fear.
  3. God is not giving up on you.  Think about a pretty difficult time in your life.  A time that you just had no idea what was going to happen or how you would ever get through it.  The fact that you are now able to look back on such a time means that God is currently bringing you through it or has already brought you through it.  He didn’t leave you then and He’s not leaving you now.  Keep trusting in God and walking in faith.

Do you have something positive and encouraging to say to a millennial in your life?  Leave your words of encouragement in the comment section below because they just may be the very words that someone else may need to read.  Post your advice on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and/or Instagram too.  Tag @PurposeOverFear and use the hashtag #ToMyDearMillennial when you share your encouragement.

Blessings and Love,
Purpose Over Fear

2016 copyright by PurposeOverFear

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