My Generation

Did you ever hear that song My Generation by the Who?





 

 It’s a song that people of any age gravitate to because of its universal message. Teens see it as a song of rebellion while AARP frequently uses it in their ads to promote youth at any age.

There are many things associated with a generation. Each generation sets its own social standards in the areas of music, dress, slang, etc. The overall opinion of each generation differs slightly and each generation deals with different issues, politically, economically, and globally.

Many stereotypes are also associated with each generation. When terms like “cranky old man” or “bitter old woman” are thrown out they stir images of a grumpy, balding man sitting in his rocking chair yelling at the kids to stop bending his grass. And the younger generation is not exempt from these stereotypes either. How many times have you heard the phrase, “oh, he’s in his teenage years” or “she’s acting like a teenager”? Neither of these brings up very positive feelings. Teens are commonly seen as rambunctious and disobedient young people who do nothing but look for ways to defy authority.

Recently, AARP held a contest for people to creatively express the attitude of the generation of youth in America today.

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This unique poem came in second, but received more publicity than the actual winner. We studied this poem in English this year specifically the last line. “And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it.”

It is interesting to consider all of the dualities in our society. The way everyone believes in “true love” yet 50% of marriages end in divorce. People say teens are the future, yet many people ignore their opinions. We are told that who you are on the inside is more important than the outside, yet fashion magazines are a booming industry. We say that we have our faith in God, yet we let the economy dictate our actions.

Luckily God is here for all of us; the young and the old. It doesn’t matter if you’re a grouchy old person, a rebellious teenager, or somewhere in the middle. Jeremiah 10:10 tells us that, “the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King.”

Eternal is a difficult concept. Everything we encounter in our life has a definite beginning and end.....

A year for example is 365 days; it begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st. A vacation is another example; it begins when you leave and ends when you return. A life; begins with a birth, and ends with a death. Nothing in our world is eternal…except God.

According to Dictionary.com, Eternal is a adjective meaning “without beginning or end; enduring forever.”
God is the eternal King. He is there year in and year out, generation after generation, looking out for all of us and loving all of us. His reign has no beginning and will have no end. God will always be there and to bless you regardless of the issues or stereotypes that plague your generation.

Dear God, Thank you for always looking out for us and blessing us. We are so grateful for your eternal love and grace. Help us to remember, that regardless of how bad things may seem, you will always be there to help us, and we can always choose to reverse it. Watch over us this week and keep us all safe and sound, happy and healthy. In your name we pray, Amen.

Zach Herzog

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Lois wrote:
Every generation has it's own perspective and ideas. I'm sure we can learn a few things from one another. Each of us is here for such a short time. Instead of taking ourselves too seriously, how great it would be if we took The eternal God more serious. Thanks Zach, for a great devo!

Tue, June 2, 2009 @ 1:39 PM

2. Vikki wrote:
Thanks Zach, I have great hope in the current youth generation because of individuals like you! We have much to learn about the nature of our eternal God through God's children of all ages. Here's another version of "My Generation" that's kinda fun too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY

Tue, June 2, 2009 @ 6:04 PM

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