All That and a Bag of Chips

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation

I used to make fun of my dad for all sorts of stuff. He wore his pants too high and they were too tight. He had a terrible red leather jacket left over from the 70’s. He hated that my music had cursing, and swore that no songs had cussing in his day. Ever heard “Hair of the Dog” by Nazareth? Maybe “Money” by Pink Floyd? Yeah, cussing.
Anyway, in the 90’s I thought I knew everything about style and fashion and my parents knew nothing. Never mind that girls wore flare-legged pants like bell bottoms (from the 60’s), guys cut their hair like Ashton Kutcher (from “That 70’s Show”), and we all wore Converse All-Stars (think Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). I felt like everything was unique to my generation, but the truth is, we took a lot of things from past generations and made them our own.
 
That’s not to say we stole EVERYTHING. We did have some stuff of our own too. Ever heard of a Giga-Pet? Probably not. You ever use a View Master? Nope. Have you ever had a drink of Ecto Cooler? Not a chance! That stuff was for 90’s kids all the way!
 
And what about all the stuff YOUR generation has stolen from the 90’s! You see that fanny pack on Negin Mirsalehi? 90’s. How about that Nirvana T-shirt you like to wear? 90’s. How about your retro Jordan’s? Yeah, Mike retired in 1993, 1999 and 2003. 90’s! Well, early 2000’s too.
 
That doesn’t mean that your generation doesn’t have anything special about it. Someday your children will fall on the floor laughing at you for playing Fortnite, wearing skinny jeans, owning Apple products, using Snapchat and being obsessed with Kylie Jenner. I promise, your day will come and you will believe everything your kids like is idiotic too. It’s just what generations do!
 
However, there is one thing all generations should have in common, and that is a strong faith in Christ. Psalm 100:5 says, “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” God is faithful and loving to all of us in EVERY generation. Doesn’t matter if we’re talking about me, you, your children or my old man’s generation. God’s love endures FOREVER!
 
One way we understand this is that we are supposed to pass on our faith. Psalm 145:4 says, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” The older generation should be passing on what God is doing to the younger. It’s funny though, the passage doesn’t say EXACTLY that, does it? It doesn’t say older to younger, it says one to another. Doesn’t that suggest that the younger generation can show the older one God’s mighty works as well?
 
This week, our goal should first be to remember God’s wonderful gifts to us. Second, we should be challenged to share how God is working in us for His glory to others; regardless of gender, race, or age.
 

 Questions

1) What do you know about your grandparents generation (60’s, 70’s and 80’s)?
 
2) Is there anything about their generation that appeals to you?
 
3) What do you know about your parents generation (80’s, 90’s and 00’s)?
 
4) Is there anything about their generation that appeals to you?
 
5) What are some things about your generation that you are proud of?
 
6) What are some things about your generation you are not so proud of?
 
7) If you could live during any time period, what would it be?
 
8) What issues do you think the church faced in the 1960’s-2000’s that changed over time?
 
9) What do you think is the biggest challenge of your generation?
 
10) What issue do you think the church needs to address for future generations?
 
11) What issues do you think your children will struggle with differently than you?
 
12) How is God working in your life today?
 
13) Is there anything you would like to pray for?