Across the generations

Generations working togetherI read a blog post recently that really caught my attention. It had to do with aging well. Not just physically, but emotionally, socially and spiritually. And how to involve those that might be feeling a bit neglected.

The author starts out:

“There is all sorts of advice for women about how to age well. Much of it has to do with our health and appearance. Aging is a part of God’s created order, and as Christian women, we don’t want to be sucked into the pursuit of eternal youth. We want to embrace that grey hair, those hard won wrinkles, that extra girth around the middle which demonstrates the years of living which we’ve done. We don’t want to look like those aging celebrities who inject their faces with stuff that makes them look as though they’ve been attacked by a vacuum cleaner. We don’t want to resort to dressing like we’re twenty-one in the name of taking pride in our aging bodies. But aging is more than bodily changes; it’s about our hearts, minds, and attitudes.” Read the full post here. Interesting, eh?

I’m afraid that I have witnessed the younger set neglecting the wisdom of the older generation on too many occasions. And vice versa. Is it because the older crowd is so set in our ways that we are not open to change? Or is it because younger leaders are getting their approval from peers and see no need to engage the former leaders? Is there unhealthy competition rearing its ugly head of pride and self-interest? Who’s ignoring who?

May I just suggest that without multi-generational involvement in whatever we do, we are risking losing the next generations? They’re watching everything, and catching much more than we think. If we ignore the oldest now, we will all too soon become the ignored.

Oh, that we might all learn to live together, work together, serve together, worship together.

For the sake of the Body.

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Joyce says:

    Its been my observation that those families who embrace all generations present are the happiest ones. The oldest feel valued and included, the middle ones feel supported, and the youngest enjoy added self confidence from the security of being part of a large, well knit community.
    I’ve described my own family here and am grateful for it every day!

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      A good description, Joyce. I totally agree with your observation and thankful that it describes your own family. What a blessing.

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