“Thank You” to an Older Generation

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.

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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.

  2 comments for ““Thank You” to an Older Generation

  1. Betty Humphrey
    November 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    This is one of the reasons I love our fellowship at West Side. When we are all ages mixed up in worship, we complement each other. The older folks are uplifted by the younger folks energy and enthusiasm. The younger folks learn patience and endurance from the wisdom of the older folks. God blesses us all by being together throughout the week. You are doing a great job with the college students. I’m sure they are learning a lot from you. May God bless your journey.

    • November 26, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      I agree! I love being part of a multi-generational church. We all need each other. Thanks for reading and chiming in!

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