The Next Generation
It is weird to think about sometimes, but I’m twice as old (or older) as some high-schoolers nowadays.
There are many things that have changed over the course of 15-20 years or so since I was in middle/high-school.
Instead of texting, I rode my bike to the neighbors’ house to see if my friend was home.
Instead of Googling, I flipped open my parents’ Encyclopaedia Britannicas or went to the library.
Instead of Facebooking a girl, I actually went up and talked to her.
(Okay, who am I kidding… I didn’t talk to girls. HA!)
Along with many of the differences between now and then, I am certain one thing hasn’t changed since I was in high-school: the impact that an adult leader can have in a student’s life.
Thinking back on yesterday’s ‘announcement‘, I couldn’t help but come back to think about the ways I am striving to impact the next generation of student leaders.
Yes, I help serve with 10th/11th grade guys on Sunday mornings, but what am I doing to speak life into their lives right now to show them that there is a God that loves them right now.
When I was in high-school (and even in college) I personally experienced the power of someone investing in my life — someone outside of my family who valued me, wanted to see me succeed, and desired my faith in God to grow.
So the question remains: what do I need to do?
Grab a bite to eat? Show them God’s love? Send an encouraging text? Cheer them on at their football game?
Right now I’m challenged with probably a combination of all of the above.
Thinking about ways to cohesively align with Orange’s vision, I will occasionally be blogging (and tweeting #thinkorange) with ‘The Next Generation’ in mind. I encourage you to do the same. Additionally, I will be blogging during the Orange Conference 2012. If you plan on being there, please let me know!