If you were born anytime between 1980 and 2000 then you are the generation of many names:
“Generation Y” – because you succeeded “Generation X.” “Millennials” – because of the time period you were born in or raised around or “Echo Boomers” – referring to the generation’s size relative to the Baby Boomer generation.
There are a few others. More recently this generation has been labeled the ‘ME, ME, ME Generation’ by Joel Stein in Time Magazine.
The cover of the May 9, 2013 issue reads “The ME, ME, ME Generation – Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents – Why they’ll save us all.”
The first half of the article is filled with Stein's criticisms of Millennials. He presents data and quotes from respected academics who paint a very negative picture. The second half of the article focuses on the positives. He says, “Their perceived entitlement isn’t a result of over-protection but an adaptation of over abundance.” No longer do we have to be farmers or work in factories. Technology provides us with many choices.
Stein's article has proven to be quite controversial and has gotten a lot of responses. Many are coming forward to defend their honor. The “Me Generation” brings up some good points too: the effect of the economy, the value (or lack of value) of a degree and not settling for less than necessary have all shaped this group.
Both sides make a convincing argument. But it can be put best in the closing paragraph of the Time article.
“So, yes we have all that data about narcissism and laziness and entitlement but a generation’s greatest isn’t determined by data. It’s determined by how they react to the challenges that befall them. And just as important as how we react to them. Whether you think Millennials are the new greatest generation of optimistic entrepreneurs or a group of 80 million people about to implode in a dwarf star of tears when their expectation are unmet depends largely on how you view change. Me? I choose to believe in the children. God knows they do.”
Stephen Colbert addressed the 2013 graduating class of the University of Virginia last week. He referenced the article to the new graduates. Then he left them with a challenge to use those positives mentioned by Joel Stein.
“While traditional paths may seem harder to find, that also means that you will learn the hard lesson sooner than most generations. You must always make the path for yourself. Your life will not be defined by the society that we have left you. If you must find your own path, and we have left you no easy path, then decide now to choose the hard path that lead to the life and world that you want.”
Are you finding it difficult to find the path to happiness? Are you feeling hopeless? You may feel like giving up.
You have reason to push on and stay on the path.
Why? You were created by a loving God who desires to give you life, abundant life. He knows the disappointment you feel.
The assurance you need to carry on is just one prayer away. Simply let God know that you’ve made mistakes. Let Him know that you are sorry and then ask Him to give you new life through Jesus Christ. When you do, you’ll discover the strength you need to run your race to the finish line. Best of all, you’ll know that Jesus is right there with you, running every step of the way to help you succeed.