I work part of the time in a college environment and we have a growing number of young adults in our church. I have three young adult sons. I can actually remember the “fire in my belly” coming out of college. (My memory isn’t completely gone.)
So, it’s natural to hear about motivating the generation and focus on this upcoming generation and talk about a “generation of promise.”
I read an interview our denomination’s head did and he was emphasizing the growing demographic of 25 and under in our denomination.
And I applaud that.
I also want to say… we need to realize that it is STILL a both/and world.
So while everyone under 25 is out to win the world before they get “old” (you know… 30), we may want to reevaluate all God did in the world BEFORE this current generation hit the scene.
We also need to realize that GOD STILL CALLS and regardless of what denominational officials may be looking for… God doesn’t seem to see age as a restriction in any direction.
I am preaching through Genesis currently and I am reminded of a word the Lord gave me last fall for my own life. So here are a couple of reminders when we think only those under 30 are capable of doing something great for God.
Abraham was called out of Ur of the Chaldeans when he was 75. He was 100 when Isaac was born.
Moses was 80 when he came back to lead Israel.
There are so many great examples across the age spectrum. We shouldn’t limit a “generation of promise” to the one coming up.
We have not failed, necessarily. We perhaps just have not begun. And it’s not too late.
Which led me to a moment last fall when I was getting hard on myself again for not “accomplishing” more to this point in my life.
The Spirit spoke to me and said, “Dan, Moses was 80 when he got started. Give yourself a break.”
Let’s realize that today is a great day… no matter your age… to be a part of a “generation of promise.”