I’ve been working with teenagers and college students for close to eight years. I love being around people who are young. There are so many things about teens and college students that impress me, give me hope, and inspire me. But, I also get an up close and personal look at the deficiencies in this generation of young people. In fact, I see some of them in myself.
More than ever, I am appreciative of the qualities in my grandparents, great aunts, great uncles, elders, and older friends. We have a lot to learn from you. I am thankful for who you are, who you’ve been, and the values you’ve modeled. Thank you for…
Staying married when it was hard.
Working when you didn’t want to.
Following the leader even though you disagreed.
Doing what you said you would do.
Keeping your commitments when it was painful.
Valuing faithfulness above happiness.
Serving when it wasn’t easy.
Remaining faithful to the end.
This seems like an appropriate time to say, “Thank you.” Your faithfulness and commitment haven’t gone unnoticed. In so many ways, I want to be more like you.