I can’t write a book, about the next generation, without their words. I posed this question to a number of them. “What do you want the world to know about your generation?” My hope is through their words you will experience the Lord’s love for His children. You will hear the heart cry of our future church. This will inspire you to step forward and build them up. Encourage them with your experience. Simply invest in them and see God’s Kingdom flourish.
“We are really good at acting like we have it all together, but often when we say “it’s okay” what we really mean is “life is falling apart but I don’t want to bother anyone with my problems.” Also we may act like we know it all, but we don’t. At least for me, I really need the guidance of the older women in the church so that I can become who Christ wants me to be.” – Caitlin 24
“That even though our generation doesn’t seem to care with all that the materialistic things the world has to offer, there is a good mass of us who still do, and are working to change the world in Christ’s name as we speak. There are some of us who want to unite together, regardless of race, age, Christian denominations and the factors set aside to change the world for God.” – Lauren 23
“Just because we go about things differently and value certain things (like self-expression) higher than our parent’s generations, it doesn’t mean our ideas are bad or that we don’t take life and responsibility seriously.” – Annie 24
“We are creative and passionate but lack direction. We love all the opportunities we have but are overwhelmed by all the possibilities.” – Mark 22
“Just because you've met one person in my generation doesn't mean you've met us all. We are individuals, with our own opinions, work ethics, and dreams. Don't assume you know what we're thinking, because when you do, you drive a wedge between us.” – Christina 26
“I would have to say that I would want the world to know that my generation is hard working and ready to step up to the plate!” – Jessica 22
“I would want the world to know that our generation is not made up of mindless technology zombies as we are usually portrayed, but hard-working individuals ready to be taken seriously for our ideas”. – Amber 23
“We are the last generation that isn't afraid to get our hands dirty.” – Matt 31
“I want the world to know that my generation cares. We care about the world and other people. I feel like most older people write us off as "too immature" and they don't really listen to what we have to say.” – Elizabeth 19
“I guess what I want people to know about my generation is that we have a lot of growing to do. I mean look. We are all so glued to our phones, even myself at times, that we forget to enjoy the things in life we did before electronics took over. You know what I mean? There are so many things to do! Girls always post on Facebook and Twitter about what their goals in life are or "relationship goals" and it's all these pictures of couples out hiking and going on vacation and horseback riding. But what are generating doesn't understand is that you can actually go do those things... Instead we just imagine what it's all like... We day dream about all these goals but our generation doesn't put effort into it. Effort has died. I miss when we were kids. We actually went and walked to our friend’s house and socialized. Socialization has turned into social networking. There's no talking only tweeting.
Maybe I was only supposed to put something positive lol but recently there hasn't been anything. I mean we have come great advances in technology but it's also taken over ourselves. Our generation to me, myself included, is we have a lot of growing up to do. We look at this generation that's growing up as 10 year olds with iPhones and we look at them negatively when we are who they look up to! We are a terrible influence” – Taylor 22
“I want people to know that my generation now understands why our parents said "no" when we wanted to hear "yes." We understand that they wanted to protect us from such harmful and evil things in the world.” – Brandis 28
“It's a tough question, I don't usually think about generations linearly. Culture can be shaped by its circumstance, but every date is still relevant. There is a big emphasis within every generation to talk about character differences. People might not have locked their doors back in the day, but I still think we are all more or less similar, I would imagine people are just as good now as they were in the turn of the century. If anything has changed I would say it’s our own personal epiphany that we are good for the world and God has something in us unique and worth displaying. All that to say, I would like for our generation to be known as intergenerational, that they had meaningful relationships with generations above and below their own , that communities were connected to each other by the rise of God's love and by the desire to have a family.” – Alec 20
The Millennials have something to say. The tattoos, the piercings, the beards, and the clothes are all decorations. They are not a reflection of their heart. They don’t mean the same thing as it did when we were young. It is a sign that they are different. Most of it are fashion statements. This is their message: “I am an individual, I’m not like you. Take time to hear me!” Are you listening? Do you see the incredible potential here? I am firm believer in the pursuit of dreams but so many don’t know how to do this. They also don’t comprehend the work it takes to get to a goal. Just like us they need encouragement to press on.