I have two children and one son-in-law. All are in their 20s. I like each one of them a lot! In some ways, they represent what I love about so many in their 20s. I know that I am about to generalize, but there are some qualities that I have seen in many who are in their 20s. Here are a few of them:
1. I love the way those who are in their 20s are so often ready to think, grow, and learn. They are willing to ask the hard and difficult questions. Some of these are questions that some of us who are older used to ask but no longer do. They ask some questions because they are able to see the Bible and life with fresh eyes. They will ask questions that begin with "Why" or "Why not." Their questions often cause me to think and sometimes even challenge my thinking.
2. I love the way those in their 20s often love adventure. They will travel, attempt extreme sports, and try food they have never eaten before. They are ready to stay up late or do something at an odd hour because it is all part of the adventure. Many do not run from the word "risk." (Yes, I realize that one needs to use good judgment when facing risk. Unfortunately, however, some of us who have lived a few years longer will do most anything to avoid risk while we seek safety, security, and ease even if it sacrifices a noble and worthy end.)
3. I love the way those in their 20s often embrace new technology. I have learned so much about various technology from those in their 20s. I have found that they typically are willing to learn what is new, untried, and unfamiliar. Do I ever appreciate this! Technology changes. I don’t want to be lost in another era.
4. I love the way those in their 20s appreciate and value authenticity. They want genuineness and have little patience for what is superficial in churches. I feel challenged when I am with some 20-year-olds to make sure I am authentic and genuine in what I say and in the way I live.
5. I love the way those in their 20s have such an appreciation for ministry to the poor, forgotten, and the neglected. Again and again I have seen incredible concern from 20-year-olds toward African slave children, the poor in American cities, and the abused. I have seen a passion for these causes that I certainly did not have in my twenties. One of my children wanted a pair of Tom’s shoes for Christmas. Why? In part, it was because of what is being done with their profits.
Have you noticed some very positive qualities of those in their 20s? What is it that especially stands out?