Titus 2:1-8, James 1:19-27
Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. … they should teach others what is good. Titus 2:3
My phone rattled with a text message.
“Ugh I have so much to do – should I even look?” I thought
“Can I meet for coffee this week?” She wrote.
Deadlines are approaching; her text panicked me a bit. Yes, we are called to teach the younger generation does it have to be this week? Okay, okay I’ll say yes.
Sipping coffee, she leaned in toward me. This meeting had nothing to do with coffee. This dear young woman simply needed to share her heart. Big decisions loomed in her life. Barely 23, she had choices to make. Passionately she poured out all the thoughts swirling around in her head. It seemed to lay on the table between us in a tangled mess. She did most of the talking, I simply had to listen. By the end of our coffee cups she had determined her next step. Although she still had concerns, she was convinced of her path. Time well spent, even though it wasn’t on my original agenda for the week.
Too often, we are ready with advice. We have determined that our experience trumps their youthful enthusiasm. However, many of these young people are hearing from God. They need a sounding board they can trust to unravel what can appear to be mysterious. Not until they ask for our advice are we to give it. Delivered too soon, the advice will go unheard.
Titus 2 clearly instructs older women to teach the younger. The directive still holds true although the methods have changed. We need to adapt to the younger generation in order to disciple the future church. Each of us has opportunity to influence the coming generation. We must make ourselves available, approachable, and listen to the hearts of these young women.
The future church needs us to listen now.