It’s been a LONG time in between blogs. I’ve been re-thinking about the way I blog and the frequency of my blogs, I’m going to change both, starting today.
Our oldest daughter graduates as a Senior from High School this year, this has had me thinking in the last few days about the question, “What kind of senior adults will this generation of High School seniors make?” I’ve been observing, and trying to talk to as many senior adults as possible over the past few months. Trying to find out about their past, their occupations, hobbies, daily activities, etc. and I’m finding out there is such a depth to this generation that many people miss and we are loosing them so quickly. It would be a tragedy not to learn from them!
I’m grateful that the church I attend has not forgotten this precious group of people. They recognize that today’s senior adults have so much that they can offer in the way of serving others, working, teaching and ministering. This generation is also the financial backbone of a lot of churches, communities and organizations. They know the meaning of sacrifice and commitment. They have lived through difficult times and have triumphed, not just financially but spiritually and offer tremendous leadership and examples that we learn from.
It has been stated that nearly 80 percent of the wealth in the United States is held by those over the age of 65. How did this happen? Is this not the generation born into the Great Depression and World War II?
In Tom Brokaw’s book, The Greatest Generation, he writes, “They answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled… They faced great odds and a late start, but they did not protest. They succeeded on every front. They won the war: They saved the world. They came home to joyous and short-lived celebrations and immediately began the task of rebuilding their lives and the world they wanted. They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers. A grateful nation made it possible for more of them to attend college than any society had ever educated anywhere. They gave the world new science, literature, art, industry, and economic strength unparalleled in the long curve of history. As they now reach the twilight of their adventurous and prosperous lives, they remain, for the most part, exceptionally modest.”
Will this generation of High School Seniors leave this kind of legacy?
I believe the Bible gives us insight as to how this current generation can leave us the same kind of legacy the youth of yesterday has.
It starts with seeking godly wisdom, knowledge and understanding and learning from their parent’s.
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.
It also includes praying for our sons and daughters.
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillar, sculptured in palace style;
And that they seek the Lord in their youth.
1 Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,