Two of our students stopped to visit with me in my study at Woodland, last week. Listening to them was deeply gratifying (one is a graduating high school and the other just completed their first year of college). Their life plans center around their desire to love God with all of their hearts. I’ve watched them grow up for the last fifteen years. I remember when they were in our children’s ministries and youth ministries. They are blessed with godly and loving parents. They have been blessed with terrific children’s and youth pastors and the ministries they have led. They have been blessed to grow up in a healthy church family. To God be the Glory!
After their visit I wanted to share some thought over the next few days from a book I’m reading about their generation by father and son authors Thom and Jess Ranier. I won’t bore you with the stats that make this a dependable resource on this generation. If you read the book you will get that. They are huge generation (78 million live births between 1980 and 2000), that we simply must learn more about. Becky and I are the proud parents of four of those Millennials, aunt and uncle to twelve of them, and pastor and friend to many more.
Some thoughts from the first chapter of The Millennials (born between 1980-2000). They don’t want to be stereotyped, “tend to be upbeat, positive, and happy. But they are realists as well. They know that not all is well with the world. The Boomer generation knew that and protested it. The Gen X generation knew that and was depressed about it. And the Millennials know that, but believe they can have a role in changing it.”
They are relational, learners and only 13% consider any type of spirituality to be important in their lives. “Most of the Millennials don’t think about religious matters at all.”
“So how do Millennials respond when we ask them if Jesus is the only way to get to heaven? Only 31% agree with this belief.”
“This is the generation of Chelsea Clinton, Macaulay Culkin, and Christina Aguliera. It is also the generation of Brittney Spears, Serena Williams, and Anna Kournikova. The Millennials include Leann Rimes, LeBron James, and Kirsten Dunst. This the generation of Mary Kate Olson and Ashley Olson. It is also the generation of JonBenet Ramsey, a Millennial whose life ended much too soon.”
I love ’em and I’m excited about the plan of God for this generation! “‘In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17, NLT)
I have a Vision and a Dream!