Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Your Kids--Part of the Next Great Generation

I tell you, I am excited about the upcoming generation--the Millennials, or those born 1982 or later. Sure they do not know anything much about the Bible, but I believe that God is going to use them for something truly great.

Check out Millennials Rising, the next Great Generation by Neil Howe and William Strauss.

I am really amazed at this group of young people. They are polite, well-behaved, and well-adjusted. Unlike my generation, which grew up with parents constantly gone, they have had much parental involvement, a ton of coaching, and a lot of other adult involvement.

They also:
  • Are racially diverse and accepting. They grew up with Tiger Woods and Halle Berry.
  • They are team players.
  • They are the most watched over generation in recent memory. They have had very little unsupervised time.
  • They believe in the future and in themselves.
  • They have high self-esteem.
  • Well educated.
  • High achievers.
  • Techno wizards
  • Look up to their parents

There are challenges with this generation, of course. But they are poised to truly be great. I sense an openness to authentic following of Jesus. And this is a good thing.

What positives do you see in Millennials?