On Millennials and the Gospel of Love

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I got to hang out at a coffee shop with this diamond the other day. My mom heart was in full bloom as I listened to my daughter chat away about life, college graduation, and how much she’s grown over the past four years. Young people are amazing.

We worry so much about our girls (and boys) growing up in today’s world. The list of crouching lions waiting to pounce on their sense of self and well-being is beyond. If we allowed ourselves to go down every rabbit hole of ‘what if’ it’s doubtful we’d ever sleep or breathe deep again. Trust and surrender have to be our daily bread.

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And to be quite honest, it’s my daughter who’s been an important role model for showing me how to inhale and exhale through my fears. She, like so many of her friends and peers, has figured out how to stand strong, speak with courage, fight for truth, lead with compassion, and love with a beautiful blend of tenderness and fierceness. She believes in herself and in others, no matter who they are.

Did I have something to do with who she’s become? I guess in some ways because I loved her long, wide, far, and deep and built up her capacity to love herself the best I could. But it’s her faith—and the faith I see in so many young people today—that lights a fire in my soul and moves me to tears on the daily.

I hear a lot of smack talk about Millennials for being lazy, aloof, self-absorbed, etc. When I do, I’m quick to offer a different viewpoint. Having three millennials of my own means I’m around gobs of them because of my kids’ extended friend groups. The short list of what I see in these young adults is this:

Empathy
Acceptance for “other”
Altruism
Mindfulness
Compassion
Open-mindedness
Sincerity
Understanding
Fortitude
Kindness

Whether these young people are church goers, believers, or not, the way I see it, each of these qualities align with living the gospel of LOVE.

My daughter and all my kids happen to have a love for Jesus that would make many of you weep. But what I’m saying is that whether young people have put their faith in any religion or not, I think the generation behind us “just gets it”…”It” being the real purpose we’re all here on this earth which is love and relationship.

This young crowd doesn’t see other people for what makes them different or separate other people by the labels society places on them. They just see people. Period. Meaning they’ve put their faith in ‘humanity,’ with love leading the way.

What a gift.


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Shelby Spear
Shelby is a sappy soul whisperer, sarcasm aficionado, and pro-LOVE, Jesus adoring mom of 3 Millennials writing stuff & doing life with her hubby of 25 years. You can read her stories on her blog at shelbyspear.com, around the web, and in print at Guideposts. Shelby's new book, co-authored with Lisa Leshaw, is now available: How Are You Feeling, Momma? (You don't need to say, "I'm fine.")