Help Wanted: Coming-of-Age in a Recession Can Shake Our Faith
But distraction also comes from certain people we hang out with. These people tend to be good at supporting decisions, not decision-making. It's easy to find people to complain and vent with, to make pro-con lists, and to tell us we're doing the right thing. What we need is people who, when we're struggling, remind us to keep our eyes on Jesus. If you don't have those friends, step one is finding them.
During our struggles, God reaches us through all kinds of people, so support may come from unexpected relationships. At some of the most difficult seasons of my life, I've been buoyed by the consideration of near-strangers. Most recently, this was the pastor of the church I had only recently started attending. I see these as the times God's intervention has been most obvious in my life, and it makes me hope God will use me in the same way for someone else. I want to stay open to that possibility, which means not letting distractions or worry over my own situation get in the way.
As my generation gets comfortable living in a place of uncertainty, we can also become more perceptive about what is truly stable. It shouldn't take a crisis to turn toward God, but arguably, this generation's already in one.
So, critics: Don't insist that shoring up our foundations is a matter of working harder or committing to more. We're on shifting sand and doing the best we can. But to the millennials: Know that distraction is not the answer … and real answers do exist if we're listening
To add a comment you need to be a registered user or Christianity Today subscriber.