You’ve heard the grumbling curmudgeons, and so have I. These grumpy purveyors of society like to say things like: “Teenagers these days only think of themselves. Grump. Grump. Grump. They simply want to listen to their iPods, stay in the basement killing Xbox Zombies and are completely oblivious to the world around them. Blah. Blah. Blah.”
That hasn’t been my experience.
Granted most of the younger generation that I know tend to listen to their iPod more than me (I don’t even own an iPod). And they are much more prepared should a Zombie apocalypse fall upon us. But the students I know are not world-ignoring, self-absorbed piles of goo in skinny jeans.
Take last night at Central Church for instance. In our youth group the students were reminded about the tornado tragedy in Oklahoma this week. They were told that they could help and the greatest need at this point was money. So these Zombie-shooting, iPod-listening, skinny jean-wearing students passed the hat. When the crumpled up dollar bills and quarters were counted, these students showed how they are also neighbor-loving, world-caring, and selfless-giving people who collected (hold on to your hat) nearly $300!
One student (who does not have a summer job yet, by the way) opened his heart and put in all the money (totally emptying out his wallet) of the cash he just received for a report card full of good grades. Give that boy another “A.”
To these students I say, “Great job! You inspire me. I am thankful for your generosity!”