“Don’t trust anyone over thirty.” That used to be a common sentiment. Today I would find myself saying, “Don’t trust anyone under thirty.” This of course speaks to the different ways that generations view things. One of the books I read recently was Bowling Alone. It had a lot of interesting information and a lot of boring nonsense. One of the points the book made was that there has been a lot of parallel changes in many areas of our culture from voting to church attendance. On the subject of voting it says,
“Very little of the net decline in voting is attributable to individual change, and virtually all of it is generational.” p. 34There is a lot of discrimination that goes on across generations. Some of it is warranted, some is not. In many career paths older workers have a hard time getting a job that pays well even if they have the abilities and experience.
I have reached the golden years of retirement. If the government does not totally ruin our society and I don’t do something incredibly stupid, I will have enough to live on. My health is good. My family is awesome. I am enjoying the time I have. But I sometimes wonder if I should be doing more. This hit me when I saw the following verse,
(Gen 12:4 KJV) So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.Abram was 75 when he started out on his adventure of obedience and faith. I can’t picture that. I am ready to rest on my laurels, Abram was starting the nation of Israel.
Maybe I should set my goals a bit higher. Maybe not.
Putnam, Robert D. Bowling Alone. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2000.
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