We have just returned from the annual leaders meeting for our international organization. As always, there was much to report. The first morning we were blessed by the ministry of Van Crouch, whom I heard first some 27 years ago. He is still a blessing. During his message he referred several times to “this demographic,” speaking of the age of the people in the crowd. I took time to look around at our group of maybe 50 ministry leaders. It was certainly a veteran group. I could find only 4 or 5 who appeared to be under 50. Biblically, it is appropriate for leaders to be older. They are called elders for a reason. That being said, I felt a certain sadness for a younger generation who may not see the move of God in the way previous generations have. There are things that ought not be lost, but they will be if we don’t expose younger people to them. I sometimes fear that in an attempt to be cool and relevant and inoffensive we have lost some reality.
So then, what have we seen in the last 30 or 40 years that we want to be sure to pass on? In no particular order, here are my personal top 10:
I could go on and on. The longer I sit here the more things I think about. You can add your own if you’re over 50.
Somebody Said: Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late. Thomas Sowell
Scripture Reading: One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. Psalms 145:4-8
We certainly want to change with the times in some ways, but in others, we must mold the times. That will require the power and boldness that only the Holy Spirit can provide. As Elders, we need to stand up and do a little show and tell.