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Fri, Sep 14 2012 - 10:36 AM

There Are No Absolutes or so they say by Jane at The Elizabeth Company

This is Part One of a Four Part Series entitled "There Are No Absolutes" addressing one of the overall mindsets of  young people (Gen Y) today. Feedback is welcomed.

The other morning, I had breakfast with one of the local pastors’ wives. During our conversation/business meeting, she sought to pick my brain on how to get young people to live for Christ and how to keep them motivated to do so.

We’ve all seen it happen, haven’t we? They are born into the church, or start attending at a young age. They are the star Bible verse reciters in Sunday school; they participate, they have energy, they love Jesus. As they get older, their participation wanes and so, it seems, their love for Jesus. How do we know that? Their devotion and attendance drops; when they do come they come with attitude; they dispute or refute everything the youth pastor or Sunday school teacher says. . .The next thing, we look around and they are not there anymore. The next thing we hear, some of them have gotten into some kind of trouble – either with drugs, the law or with an unplanned pregnancy. Who would have thought cute little Timmie (fictitious name) who stood in the front row of the choir singing his heart out when he was five is already looking old and hardened at age 15? It’s only been 10 years.

What turned Timmie into “Big T” and sweet little Chelsey into “Candy Cane” (CC for short)? There are many factors that lead young people into undesireable predicaments and lifestyles. The one this blog series wants to address is summed up in one word: mindset.

Mindsets – or strongholds as the Bible calls them in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 – are patterns of thinking that affect what we believe, what we say, how we dress, and how we conduct ourselves. Mindsets do not just affect young people. They affect ALL people. It’s just that each generation has a different mindset or pattern of thinking.

For instance, there have been five distinct generations identified in the United States. There’s the Veteran Generation spanning the folks who’ve lived through one or both world wars and the Depression. Next is their children, the Baby Boomers – born right before, during and after the Civil Rights Movement. The next set of children were called Generation X, whose births spanned the mid 70s and 80s. After them is Generation Y from the late 90s into the millennium. And just appearing on the scene are the current Gerber Babies - Generation Z.

Now that we’ve identified the five distinct generations of the American populace, let’s examine the distinct mindsets in each one. For the sake of brevity, we will use no more than four keywords to describe the mindset of each.

Veterans: Don’t like change

Baby Boomers: Workaholics

Generation X: Questions everything

Generation Y: No absolutes, technology

Generation Z: Not identified yet

Now that we’ve identified the five distinct generations and the mindset of each, there has to be a disclaimer. The mindset describes the generation at large, not each and every individual in that group. This is not an attempt to tell an age group how or what they are supposed to think. This is an observation already in place that is accurate for the most part. Marketing agencies use this breakdown in order to target advertising for particular products to a particular age group.

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Visit this blog tomorrow for "There Are No Absolutes" Part II. Jane welcomes any and all input on this subject as we attempt to present truth as it has been revealed.

Jane is Founder and Facilitator at The Elizabeth Company, a small Christian media and publishing business. Check us out at http://www.theelizabethcompany.com/ 

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About: Jane Ward has been involved in ministry for 30 years. Most recently she became director at a pregnancy resource center. Jane is an author, publisher, teacher, whose passion is to connect with young women in order to share Jesus Christ with them and empower them to the abundant life Christ has made available for them. "Abundant life starts within through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It manifests itself outwardly through godly character."

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