A new crop

I am so proud of this generation! The young people coming into adulthood now and those in their 20’s and 30’s are making a difference in our world in a big way. More and more young men and women are volunteering in their local communities. More and more are entering the mission field, teaching the disadvantaged or overseas. They’re showing up, rolling up their sleeves, and getting to work where they’re needed. They’re doing something rather than sitting back and waiting for someone else to do it.

Matthew West’s song is in my head this morning, Do Something. This part keeps resurfacing…

Well, I don’t know about you
But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire
I don’t want a flame, I want a fire
I wanna be the one who stands up and says,
“I’m gonna do something”
We are the salt of the earth
We are a city on a hill
But we’re never gonna change the world
By standing still

When I was a kid, I didn’t know any person who was a missionary, or had ever been a missionary. We had the Lottie Moon and the Annie Armstrong offerings, I knew about the “foreign mission board,” and that’s it. Now, local churches are heavily invested in missions. I have a daughter who spent several years serving God where he called her on the mission field. I, myself, have gone and done what I know to do several times with my church. Our church has a long-standing relationship with a local church in another country. People connecting with people. People loving people. It’s not just about the offering anymore.

I’m so thankful for the change!! This generation is NOT standing still. They are using the gifts and abilities God gave them and giving back! They’re doing “movie nights” at children’s homes and serving lunch at homeless shelters. They’re teaching people how to raise a garden or crops so they can feed their families. They’re building relationships with young people living in tough situations, and showing them that Jesus came so they have hope for a future. They’re studying to make ways for our planet to survive the damage done by previous generations, “greening” our world. They see the future more clearly and objectively than I ever did. I know they’ve certainly opened my eyes.

Go here to listen to Do Something by Matthew West.

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