If you are anywhere between the ages of 16 and… let’s say 100 then you have probably heard and/or used the term adulting (guilty). More likely than not, referring to yourself. STOP what you are doing, put down the millennial lingo and step away slowly. (Phew, that was a close one!) What are we doing? (Oh, loosen up Summer. You’re over reacting… well, maybe… but, just hear me out.) Maybe we see this as nothing more than a joke, or us trying to get a laugh out of family and friends. But, let’s try something new and think about what we are actually saying here. “Who let me adult?” “Adulting is hard!” “I don’t want to adult today.” I could go on and on, (You know I could…) but, I digress. What we have actually just said is, “I’m not responsible enough for this.” “I’m not smart enough to figure this out.” “I don’t want to take care of myself.” We don’t have to be concerned with generations above us mocking us; we are already doing it for them. More ironically… we don’t even notice it.
You see, one of the main problems with having this mindset is that eventually we will end up finding ourselves as grown adults who have spent more time joking about being adults than we have actually working on becoming mature, respectable, responsible adults. Which, is especially sad since our generation actually has a lot to offer in terms of understanding advancing technology, socializing and getting our voices heard. (…if only we used these strengths for good works rather than self gain…)
Galatians 5: 13 New International Version (NIV)
“You, my brothers and sisters, we’re called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge in the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
As a part of growing up, or growing as a person in general, you tend to get more and more hungry… and our generarion is starving. In so many ways. We are starving, okay, for the obvious: food. With the majority of us paying for school, rent, insurance, gas, clothes, food… you get the idea. We are starving for attention, (haaa… hear me out) many of us desperately want that “stuffy” adult to shake us by the shoulders and tell us what we are doing wrong. This is how the generations above us have been doing things for years and people didn’t always seem this lost and disheartened… so, they must have an answer.
We are starving for that lost close relationship with God; that we forget needs to be fed, just like our bodies, every single day. Maybe (despite 7+ subjects every day, extracurricular activities and balancing incessant drama) we managed to have it when we were younger; but, now the world has exploded in our faces and we are so busily bombarded every day with this or that, that we don’t even realize we are starting to pray less and less. The reason we get so overwhelmed, anxious, lost, depressed is because we are not making the time for the upmost important figure in our lives, our Heavenly Father. (Yet, somehow, there is still time for netflix, hulu, youtube, facebook, snapchat, twitter, instagram and this is just a small sample of the things that soak up our time that are home based…)
Proverbs 11: 14 New International Version (NIV)
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.”
Okay, I think you get where I am coming from. Really, in conclusion, we need to stop mocking ourselves; recognizing that we simply cannot believe the fact that we made it to adulthood, and realize… that we made it to adulthood. If we don’t take this seriously and start figuring out not who we are but, who God created us to be… then, well… I myself am scared for our generation.
Numbers 6: 24-26
In Jesus’ Name