No matter what age you are, you’ve got to deal with people of different generations sometimes. Old people make no sense to the young. The young, same thing to the old. Whether you’re a boomer, buster, millennial, Xer or some other generation of your own designation, you can learn from others. We’ve posted ideas for getting to know and learning to appreciate people of other generations on our website. Check it out!
Our year of cross-generational friendship is complete! If you’ve tracked with us all year, congratulations and thank you. Now it’s time to compile our findings. Please post some of your key take-aways from this year. What have you learned from your cross-generational friend? How are you different as a result of this year’s investment? What will you do differently next year in light of your findings?
If you’re just discovering this initiative, welcome. Go back and check out some of our questions and challenges, then find someone of a generation other than your own and dive in. It’s never too late!
What does Christmas mean to your cross-generational friend? Find out what memories (good or bad) your friend has of this season. What traditions are meaningful, or not? Be ready to see this season differently, from the perspective of a generation so different from your own.
What’s on your friend’s mind about the whole concept of gifts and giving this season? What kind of gift or giving is most meaningful to your friend? How has your generation demonstrated giving in either positive or negative ways to your friend’s generation? What constitutes a meaningful gift?
Since this is a month of tradition—a big holiday full of traditional foods—try talking about and sharing a favorite tradition with your cross-generational friend. Invite them to make an old family recipe with you. Watch your seasonal must-see movie together. Take your friend snowmobiling. While you do the activity, try to talk about traditions. Are they valuable to your friend? Why or why not?
Last time you chatted with your OCG friend (if you had a chance to do so), you talked about commitment. On a similar note, this week, ask your cross-generational friend to talk about the word “discipline.” Is that a good or a bad word? Where does your friend experience success or difficulty with personal discipline? How much of this is generational? How can your generation help or hinder your friend’s generation with discipline? Aim to hear and to learn!
Want to be part of something big? Something more meaningful than going to work and getting a paycheck? Done with college or close to retirement? Wondering if God has a place for you in his kingdom work? One great way to find out is Entrust’s STEP initiative. We’ll pair you with a seasoned kingdom worker, help you get overseas and put you to work in ministry, all the while helping you process what’s going on, exploring God’s will for the next phase of your life. Check it out! www.entrust4.org/STEP