Tuesday, June 21, 2011
'Generation Y' R U Here?
Why are you here? In all reality, this a question argued by the greatest philosophers from every religion, belief system, culture, and background. It is asked during every life stage by many, but this is especially the classic question for those of us reaching adolescence or early adulthood. We are constantly experiencing transitions that kick us from one city to the next or one school or job to another. We find friends, move, and are forced to find friends again. We exist in a culture tied by the Internet rather than personal bonds. In the midst of all this transitioning, greater opportunities, and a desire to find our place, this question is common:
WHY AM I HERE?
I AM a Gen Yer. There are varying years characterizing those in Generation Y, but most experts agree that this generation is characterized by those born in the 1980s and 90s. According to studies, Gen Yers are marked by a desire for worth and purpose. They are idealistic with a 'conquer the world' mentality. One of my mentors told me recently that the Christians in this generation are marked by a desire to "be the church" rather than simply "do church." While this mentality is great on some fronts, we have a lot to learn from those before us and are eager to do so from those who will listen and support our dreaming.
We have all these dreams and many of us take steps to make them a reality but still there is the question "Why am I here and what do I exist for?" A google search reveals that this question is addressed by 137 million articles. What is my purpose? Who am I? Why am I here?
Psalm 8:4 says, "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" Even those in ancient Israel wondered why they existed. But in the following verses we see an answer..
Psalm 8:5-9 says, "You (God) made him (man) a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
We are created and designed uniquely for a purpose, to have dominion over the earth, and ultimately...we exist to bring God glory. We have our dreams, ambitions, goals, and hopes because He created us that way. Being an overseer of the earth is a big job. Why would a BIG GOD who created us uniquely to fulfill a BIG JOB give us anything less than BIG DREAMS? We fall short when we twist those dreams into pursuits for our own glory instead of His.
So, why are you here?
You are created uniquely for a PURPOSE to bring God glory.
It's really that simple.