Many but one

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“Each generation has distinct attitudes, behaviors, expectations, habits and motivational buttons. Generational differences need not divide us. Every generation has valuable lessons that they can teach…

When members of different generations are encouraged to work together, it builds understanding and trust, helping create a cohesive, yet diverse community.”

~ Miranda Allen (CEO of Radiofrequency Safety International)

Sending out a thank you to Bob from Seattle for the quote above. I also want to thank Bob for the following breakdown of existing generations that will help us understand each other better. 

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Warming up to millennials

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Last night on on BlogTalkRadio we received an excellent primer for understanding millennials from two of our millennial leaders here at the Catch. Deborah Mullan and Elizabeth Shirk answered a number of questions about their peers, such as: What are millennials looking for in life? What are they afraid of? Why are millennials dealing with loneliness and anxiety? What would a real relationship with a millennial look like? What barriers do we have to overcome in order to be friends across the generations? What are the things that are most important to millennials?

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Signs not shrines

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John, one of our regular readers, went through an experience adjusting to the deaths of his parents while living in the same house he grew up in that they occupied for 45 years. He spoke of similar feelings that I wrote about being in my neighbor’s house which was for sale following her passing, yet still had her furniture and everything arranged the way she had it. I related that I had felt the presence of my neighbor somehow in the house, and John experienced the same thing with his parents, until he decided to rearrange the furniture, add some new pieces — a new bedspread here, a table and lamp over there — and change things around from the way his parents had it, and lo and behold, it felt like a different place, no longer “haunted” by the old memories. Now we’re not talking about ghosts here, just memories, and feeling unable to break away from former feelings and impressions. The new arrangement gave him a fresh start.

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Bad start

You know what I just caught myself doing this morning? Putting down someone else’s ministry. Now how is that helping anything? It’s not. It’s only making me feel better for a while, especially when this guy is bigger than me in my eyes. So if I can bring him down, I can stand taller without doing anything. I haven’t grown at all. In fact, I’ve shrunk. 

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Sweet summer surprise

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Marti and I were talking in the kitchen last night as we often do in the evening when we were interrupted by a strange noise. It forced us to stop and stare at each other for a moment. What was that sound? It seemed to be coming from everywhere. Was it the rumble of an approaching earthquake? Were the water pipes rattling again? Had a gathering of dancing squirrels decided to throw a party on our roof? 

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Better than we could possibly have imagined

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For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. (Romans 12:3)

I want to draw your attention to Billy’s comment after yesterday’s Catch. It’s a good one. “We are definitely worse than we thought, and He is better than we could possibly have imagined.” 

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Grace that is greater than all our sin

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“Gee, it’s worse than I thought.”

“Yeah but the cross is bigger than I thought.”

Jim posted the observations above on our website following Tuesday’s Catch where I commented on what my sin must have looked like to me 45 years ago compared to today. The picture above was on the back of the album, Inside, where I recorded the song about “the mess I’ve made of me.” Does this picture look like a truly repentant guy? Then why does he look so smug? Just going by this picture, I’d guess he thinks his “mess” is next to nothing compared with yours. 

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God loves us because He loves us

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I noticed in the comments from yesterday’s Catch that there was an overwhelming sense of wonder as to what God saw in us that was valuable enough to make us worth saving when we know how messed up we are. And that made me think again, why does God love us? Is it something in us that is somehow lovable? I think not. I don’t think that God is responding to something in us as much as He is acting out something in Himself. His own love for us. That’s why John wrote “God is love.” 

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