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What Older Christians Want Younger Christians to Know 6- Weekly Thoughts

What Older Christians Want Younger Christians to Know
Day 6- Weekly Thoughts
Ruth P. McDonald

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” (Proverbs 9:9, ESV)
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV)
“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1, ESV)

We’ve looked this week at various ways the generation gap can be closed and relationships be mutually beneficial. As part of the generation that’s been around a while, I, like most of us, really long to connect with the youth around me. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, and other times it’ll happen more naturally. There should be a desire on both sides to bridge the gap, because, honestly, we have a lot to learn from one another.

We’ve learned from God’s Word how having a teachable spirit is key in gaining wisdom from older believers. If we are always sure we know better (or Google knows better), we will disregard the seasoned voices of our older brothers and sisters and experience loss because of our prideful state. The connection that was meant to be a source of help in those instances will be lost.

As older believers, we were reminded how important it is to be approachable and positive. The younger believers will not come to us for guidance and help if we are off-putting or critical. That, too, is a loss. May we guard ourselves from having a dismissive attitude, but rather look at how Jesus treated those of all ages and personalities who came to Him. He was always welcoming and encouraging, all the while offering wise counsel.

As we move forward, our prayer is that we will seek to bridge the generation gap. Asking questions and being a source of support to our youth is an important part of our purpose as older believers. And for younger ones, we pray that God would open your eyes and ears to the privilege it is to enjoy relationships with those who have been around much longer than yourselves. We have so much to offer, and we would love to be an encouragement in the issues you’re facing in life.

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