I confess, millennials have confounded me for years – no more so than over the last year with their antics throughout the election cycle and, more recently, their total collapse after the Trump win.
Two recent articles helped me put it all in perspective:
The First was from PJMedia – “An Inside Look at Adulting School (Yes, It’s a Real Thing)”
By Jeff Reynolds December 25, 2016 (See full article here, it’s well worth the read.)
Imagine a room full of 24- to 28-year-olds. Many still live with their parents. Most are probably still on their parents’ insurance (thanks, Obamacare!). Several are fresh off candlelight vigils being held in the wake of Trump’s election. All are seeking the spiritual crystals or magical incantations that will suddenly grant them the superpowers to pay their credit cards, show up to meetings on time, set their own dental appointments, and maybe even cook their own dinner once in a while.
Honestly, I can’t imagine it at all. At their age, I had graduated from college with an engineering degree that secured me a good-paying job, I had moved out of my parent’s home (never to return), and I was married (just celebrated our 50th anniversary.) In fairness, it took me a while to find the career that God had in store for me – but we worked hard, made do with what we had, and, mostly, paid our own way (no debt).
So, the Trump election had one positive tangible effect, at least—it jolted millennials into the real world where they have to pay attention and fend for themselves.
My jolt of reality came my first few weeks out of college. I sat alone in my tiny rented room in a strange city looking at my checkbook and realized that there wasn’t much left after paying my living expenses. I couldn’t believe how much it cost just to breathe – not to do anything – just exist. But I digress.
The Second was a video posted on YouTube – “The Millennial Question” an interview with Simon Sinek. He is insightful and funny; take the time (15 min) to watch it. You may find yourself, or someone you know described in it.
Sinek is also analytical; he identifies four root causes of the millennials’ unhappiness: 1. Parenting; 2. Technology; 3. Impatience; 4. Environment – but watch the video as he develops each point, it’s entertaining.
After watching this video, however, I realized that, underneath it all, millennials suffer from the same malady that affects us all – restless heart syndrome.
St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions (AD 400), put it this way –
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.”
What’s wrong with millennials? Nothing that Jesus can’t fix –
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
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