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The more than “Me” Generation

Published 7:47pm Monday, September 12, 2011

Last Thursday I turned 24, and while I know that I’m not necessarily old, I also know that I’m old enough to know better.

You would think that after 24 years of experiences, challenges, trials, tribulations and everything else that comes with life, that I would know better than to live this life for me.

My generation, those born in the 1970s, ‘80s or ‘90s, has been labeled the “Me Generation,” and is said to be self-centered, lacking in compassion for anything or anyone.

You think being labeled self-centered would motivate me to go against the grain, prove the statistics wrong…

But day in and day out, I seem to find myself constantly battling my selfish desires instead of living this life for God and for other people.

Instead of loving Him with my soul, strength and mind, and loving my neighbor as myself, I usually resort to loving my success and only helping others when it’s convenient for me.

You would also think that my life as a youth minister’s wife would be filled with selfless giving, but I admit that I am not always that way.

I’ve realized that I haven’t been the best example I can be for my husband, my family, my peers and the youth that I am constantly around.

I’ve come to a point where I’m tired of the empty “hellos” and meaningless conversations, never forming community with those I’m constantly surrounded by.

I’m tired of seeing people get passed over because they’re less fortunate than others, such as the unkempt woman at the grocery store whom no one will make eye contact with.

I’m tired of stereotypes, racism and judgmental glances, which we all know guides our perceptions of others on a daily basis.

I’m tired of fake smiles and self-centered compassion, because my God tells me to “not just pretend to love others, but really love them.”

You see, I’m tired, not just of my own actions, but also of others I see around me who claim to be Christian and don’t live out God’s word.

So as of my birthday last week, I decided I wasn’t going to sit back and let my selfish desires guide my life any longer.

I want to move and shake things…not for the glory of the Kingdom of me, but for the glory of the Kingdom that is to come.

You may not have the same religious beliefs as I do, and you may not even think true religion exists…trust me, I’ve been on enough forums, social networks and in enough conversations to know that everyone has their own opinion…

But let me take this small space on The Outlook’s opinion page to encourage you to take a look at your life and ask yourself who you are living for.

Is everything you do just a chance to make yourself feel better or is it an opportunity to lift others up?

Do your actions make others stumble or do they lead others on the right path?

Are your words kind and compassionate or are they lacking meaning and putting others down?

I believe that we were created for a purpose and that purpose wasn’t to serve ourselves.

Imagine how our world would change if we all lived our lives to love God and love people.

So whether you’re a part of the “Me Generation” or not, I challenge you to take a leap of faith with me.

Let’s jump off a limb together and say, “It’s not about me.”

I’m sure the fall will be worth it.