The Future of Us (Millenials)

A couple posts back, I left an audio link for a debate around “Millennials don’t stand a chance?” If you didn’t listen, explainer below:

Two side were argued – one for “yes, we do” and the other for, “no they don’t.”  An audience vote after 3 rounds of debating said, “Nope.”  In summary, the audience chose the argument of two older-than-millennials debaters’ argument of nay.

My own take on this is going to come from a slightly different angle, but I think the difference is profound.  My vote would be YES, we do stand a chance because we MUST.  It’s really as simple as that.  There in no other option unless an alien race of millennial age land on earth tomorrow.

One of the presumptions I presume people have about our generation or any young generation is the following: they don’t have what it takes to face the future.  Well, if one can tell me what the future will be and what my capabilities at that point in time will include, then I’d just might have to agree with them.   The fallacy here is that no one can predict my future, nor the future.  The history of economic cycles, job rates, national growth, politics or comparisons between my generation and another’s will determine my future.

I heard someone from stage a few years back say, “The past does not equal the future.”  It was spoken with a motivational sentiment, but it’s also understated truth.  Please, anyone out there, don’t tell me or anyone in my generation about our future.  And please do not hold over the heads of millennials that they’ve got to save our nation.

What are we saving it from, anyway?  Being #2?  Or #3?  Are we to save it from government over-spending, taxes, and unemployment?   Sorry, but that bed has been made.   That is not a shrugging off of what troubles this country or any responsibility its citizens have to do something about it.  It’s the reality.  What I am about to say includes no sarcasm.  Each word is to be taken literally:

If millennials do not save America and its future, the world will not end.

I say that not because I am a pessimist.  I am not quitting on America.  I choose to put my hope in something higher than the right to vote, right to bear arms, or a democratic system of government.

Guys Named Tom

My wife and I took a trip to one of our favorite places in the US last weekend.  We absolutely love the city of Louisville, Kentucky.  The restaurants, the University, the parks, the hills, the “Keep Louisville Weird” vibe and the people were great to us when we both lived there.  Now, when we go back we get more of the same.  We stayed with a family with whom we are very close.  I spent all of Friday shadowing the father as we went about his day as owner of a successful local business. His name is Tom.

As I reflected on my notes from that day, I realized, “I know a bunch of guys named Tom.  And, well almost all of them has left an impact on me in some way.  At this point in my life I think I will meet more and more Tom’s.  Even with the ones I’ve come to know so far, I think I could write a book!  A simple post will have to do for now.

My Tom’s:

Tom 1 – Hands down the most influential Tom in my life.  He is my friend and has walked with me through Biblical discipleship for a couple years now.  Without him and his wife, my wife and I would have had to waited longer to get married.  He’s invited me into his life and it has made a huge impact on me.  We meet once every two weeks.

Tom 2 – Louisville business owner, friend, career mentor and one of the truly generous givers out there .  He also played a monumental role in our marriage by offering his home as our venue for the big day.  Love watching this dad interact with his children.  He is intentional, encouraging, and has their respect.  He takes his wife on a date once a week – no matter what. 

Tom 3 – Took a chance on me early in my career.  He saw potential in me and acted on it.  As we grow together, I can see more and more that he is a man of integrity after God’s own heart. 

Tom 4 – Showed me a early-twenty-something can drop the potential personal gain for a meek lifestyle.  And never look back!  He’s a great example for how the non-profit business world can benefit from for-profit-minded people. 

Tom 5 – The native Dallas area Texan who pretty much solidified my decision to play football at Wabash College.  He was a great friend and took me under his wing when I was a clueless college freshman.  Looking back, I should have gone to him for more help.  Did I mention I was clueless?

Thanks to all the Tom’s out there.  Here’s to more Tom’s I’ll meet along the way…