Learning From Those Who've Been There
I had a conversation with my dad a few days ago after we enjoyed our monthly Sunday family lunch. He was washing dishes and I was just trying to make conversation. We were talking about differences between generations.
Dad has been a pastor for somewhere around 25 years. I highly respect him and his heart in ministry.
I said, "The more younger generations come into 'big church,' the more the church is going to change."
He nodded in approval while saying "That's true."
"The thing about it, is it's very difficult for the older generation to accept the changes, especially when they've put their blood, sweat, and tears into those programs. They're sacred cows and they're tough to get rid of." I was building momentum.
Dad then said something that I think is very wise: "But the thing the younger generation needs to know is that those sacred cows were put there for a reason. If they want to get rid of them, they first need to understand why they were put there in the first place."
What a huge key in connecting generations. In order for changes to be made by a new generation, wey've got to first show appreciation and understanding in the older generation. After all, they've been there. They're not as dumb as we might assume they are.
If you're a twentysomething, join me in honoring those older than us, and admitting we don't have all the answers. We need to learn from those who have gone before us.