Have you ever asked yourself what effects the next generation? What creates them? Where they get their problems or how they know how to deal with them?
“What one generation does in moderation, the next generation does in excess.” Unknown
Here’s the answer…we taught them, and we’re teaching them now.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
As a teenager I technically am the next generation, so I’d like to speak to people my age for a little bit. Most of us have huge dreams, we see the world as it ought to be but we shake our heads hopelessly, “how can I change the world?” But if those dreams came true in the next three or five generations, what would our world look like? I’d like you to think about that. The world would probably be much different than it is today.
But there’s one problem, many people today have lost the ability to see further than themselves, they no longer have multi-generational visions. Everyone wants ‘microwavable’ results. They want the benefits now, for them. And they lose sight of the bigger picture. When we teach people that every thing happens by chance, that we should all focus on just surviving the bigger picture gets lost in the petty trifles of everyday life.
We have to raise the bar by making one change, just one. Your dreams may be to big for you to do, but what about three generations of people who were just as passionate as you?
Often times we get caught up in our short vision that only sees the next few years. We must look past that. Our vision is the next generation. We are building the world they will have to work with, we are teaching them the lessons that will mold the way they think, we are creating the way they view everything from religion to government.
So what world do you want your children’s children’s children to grow up in?
What is a multi-generational plan?
It starts with you. When you learn that anything is possible with Christ you’ll be well on your way. It only takes one step to make a move. You are the only one who will decide. Chose this day who you will serve.
But what about the next step, after your gone? What do you do for that?
Prepare the road for the next generation, by cutting deep into jungles, crossing desserts or forging rivers. Each step you take is a step those to follow won’t have to revisit.
Where do you think we got America? This 200 year old country is only standing because the founding fathers and others to follow had a generational view. When you look at life with a generational perspective, you begin to see things differently. There is a purpose in every job, task or life. You have purpose and everything you do has purpose.
“How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.” Daniel 4:3
When you prepare for the next generation that means doing what we were all called to do but with purpose. We can evangelize but unless we have hope in Christ there’s no reason. Mundane tasks like make your bed or doing laundry or school could seem pointless unless there attached to a vision that goes beyond you.
We were all set here on earth for a purpose, a vision. People need purpose to live. Sure there are people who live without any reason or direction but we are Christians, ambassadors of God, we weren’t made to survive, we were made to thrive! We were made to conquer, we were made to relive and rescue. If anyone should be silent and yield it’s the bad guys, so stop giving up! We have more to live for than anyone else. We have a better vision because Christ already gave it to us.
So what are somethings you can do to prepare the world for the next generation?
What made America so great? Well if it was my guess I would say it was Christ and the morals that his existence instilled. Even people who weren’t Christians honored his laws. So how do we bring that back?
The best advice I’ve ever heard is to lead by example. You are only one person and can only do so much, but others inspired by Christ through you could do so much.
So let me ask you, what message are you sending the world? What example are you setting for those around you?
Here are some things we can show the world how to do again:
The Code of Chivalry
If you don’t do those things well, now’s a good time to start learning.
God has called us to be leaders…so be one! Lead by following Christ.
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Cor 11:1
God has called us to be so much than followers of the world, sitting on the couch waiting for the day when mom will stop nagging me. More than robots starring at a screen for hours. More than slaves to the world of society. We were not called to bow to our circumstances and give up because they aren’t just right.
But the truth is your circumstances will never be just right. Successful people don’t wait on circumstances they create them.
I don’t know what your vision is, but I do know that whatever it is, no matter how wild or crazy, it’s possible…so take that first step, for the next generation.
It may be your vision but it’s their generation.
Christ is calling, will you listen?
Keep fighting for Christ