“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Back in the day…..my mentor chose me. I was a brand new college drop-out in the shipping department and for some reason she thought I would be good in “sales”. She was a single woman in her 50’s, stylish, aggressive, independent and wealthy. She had a VERY specific sense of right and wrong as it pertained to professionalism in that field.
I can still see her glaring at my choice of attire on one of our very first business trips together. Business suits were purchased from a specific name brand (she gave me a personal loan to do so). Heels (always worn with silk stockings) – were a specific height and always polished. Jewelry (14k of course!) consisted of one bracelet, one GOOD watch and never, never, never hoop earrings…….Oh! And the bracelet and watch were worn on opposite wrists – don’t cha know?
Even though she was a pain in the “you know what” – I admired her moxie. I watched and I learned and I listened and I replicated. I guess it was because she saw something in me and was willing to take a chance on me, but I soaked up her decades of knowledge like a sponge.
It took me a long time to realize that it wasn’t just the older generation that could teach me a thing or two about life. Years later it was a group of 10 or 12 misfit teens in the youth group at my church that schooled me good. My official “title” indicated I was their youth minister – but I contend to this day that they taught me more than I ever taught them. They showed me that it was okay to be different. They taught me how to laugh at myself. They helped me harness my OCD, channel my silliness and our crazy little rebel group proved that rules are sometimes meant to be challenged and bent…..just a little.
So – I really loved the message this past Sunday. It was good to hear Don reinforce what I’ve learned over the years. I’ve always sought counsel from the older generation. I love listening to the history of the things they’ve seen and lived through – the changes that they’ve made over their lifetimes in order to adapt and survive are just incredible.
But – I also greatly enjoy time spent with younger generation(s). They inspire me. They give me a different perspective on life! The “youngers” help me realize that I don’t have to take myself quite so seriously….and, they actually have a lot that they can teach this non-technologically evolved “elder”.
I love that actionchurch is a place where it’s easy to find that balance. I commented just last week that it’s awesome (and believe it or not – unique) to see such a vibrant blend of generations working and growing together. We are truly blessed to have the kind of interaction that we do at our church. And I encourage you to be a part of it!
“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7