I think a lot about the differences between generations. Twentysomethings are different than their parents. Take my dad as an example.
He just does not understand why I would rather text him than call him. He’ll call me and leave a voice mail. I eventually check it and text him back. He texts me back and says, “Call me.” So I finally call him. He asks me a question like “Are you and Lynsey (my wife) coming to dinner Sunday?”
I’m thinking, “Why didn’t you just text me that question?”
He’s thinking, “Why don’t you just answer your phone?”
We just don’t get each other sometimes.
My dad and grandpa are different too. Dad spent a lot of time trying to explain to my grandpa that just because he was talking to someone long distance didn’t mean he had to talk louder. I don’t think my dad’s explanation really worked.
My dad and my grandpa didn’t get each other sometimes.
Generations are different.
I read this morning in Psalm 119:90 that “the faithfulness of God is extended to every generation.”
God extends His faithfulness to every generation, yes, but the part that really stuck out to me was that every generation can understand the faithfulness of God. Twentysomethings get the faithfulness of God. So does Gen X. So do the Baby Boomers. So do those who came through the depression.
My brother Josh once video-taped my grandpa praying. They were on a farm in Missouri where it hadn’t rained in a long time. The farm needed rain or else they were going to lose their crops. So grandpa and some others (including my dad and brother) went to the farm to pray for rain.
Josh zoomed in on grandpa as he was praying. His face was so intense. The funny thing is, I don’t remember him asking God for rain. All I remember him praying was thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness. He gave God thanks becaue He had always provided for them and he knew God was still God and that He would not turn His back on His people. He was overjoyed at the faithfulness of God. That was his prayer.
I really don’t know anything at all about farming other than you need water. But I understood what grandpa meant when he prayed and thanked God for His faithfulness. I got it. There were 2 or 3 generations between grandpa and I, and I still knew exactly what he was talking about.
Psalm 119:90 is exactly how you bridge the gap between twentysomethings and older generations–by focusing on God. Everyone connects with the attributes He has because everyone has an intrinsic desire for the things of God–holiness, faith, truth, love, mercy, faithfulness, justice, purity.
God is the bridge in the generation gap.