Have you ever noticed there seems to be a tension from one generation to the next? This tension has pretty much always existed. Sometimes the previous generation finds it challenging to “pass the torch” to the next generation. Sometimes the next generation finds it challenging to honor the previous generation. And sometimes the current generation seems to get stuck in the middle of the tension all the while experiencing a tension all its own.
Imagine how radically different this tension would be managed if every generation could shift to see other generations with value and embrace the reality that each generation needs the others. Imagine if every previous generation was willing to invest in the current and next generations to prepare for what’s next. Imagine if every current generation was willing to honor the previous generation for what was and what is and invest in the next generation for what’s next. Imagine if every next generation was willing to honor the current and previous generations for what was, what is and leaned into their wisdom to prepare for what’s next.
Part 5 (Investment Payoff) of CCC’s Shift series discovered how the early church leader, Paul invested in a young leader named Timothy and the wisdom/encouragement he provided to him.
Take a few minutes to read 1st Timothy 4:6-16 and the next step of considering the following questions about investing today for a payoff tomorrow.
- Have you ever had someone look down on or think less of you because of your age? How did that make you feel?
- Why do you think more than 50% of high school graduates abandon their faith during the college years?
- Why do you think those in the previous generation can sometimes look down on or think less of those in the current or next generations?
- Why do you think those in the current or next generations can sometimes look down on or think less of those in the previous generation?
- In what ways can the previous, current, and next generations see the other generations with value?
- In what ways can the previous, current, and next generations invest in each other to prepare for and make what’s next better?
- Describe a time when someone from another generation invested in you. In what ways were you better as a result of their investment?
- If you could do something to honor those in the previous generation, would you do it? Describe what you might do.
- If you could do something to help the next generation, would you do it? Describe what you might do.
- What next steps will you take to invest today for a payoff tomorrow?
There is a what’s next for every generation. There is always a time when the current generation becomes the previous generation and the next generation becomes the current generation. With the shift that comes from one generation to the next, there is always a tension – but that tension does not have to hinder what’s next. In reality, that tension can be navigated in ways that make life better and every generation better at life.
Everything is better when every generation leans into every other generation for what they can offer to one another. Everything is better when every generation invests in every other generation to help them prepare for and navigate what’s next.
Today is Monday – make it a day where you invest today for tomorrow’s payoff!