The millennial generation, born in 1981 and stretching into the early 2000s are the busiest generation on the planet. Think about all of the busyness and convenience living we get to have: the guru life, short term living, travel life, AirBnB culture, wifi bar hopping, freelance work, the fast growth of the gig economy, the obsession of social media growth, viral videos, overnight successes & ads ads ADS!
If we don't learn how to be still and seek peace in these busy times, we will become spiritually apathetic. Thankfully, but not so thanks, the breakout of COVID-19 has forced many of us to sit down and breathe. Of course the pandemic is not a good thing and many are dying. But with Stay-At-Home orders across the nation, America has time to slow down on the capitalism and rethink our values.
Recently I read Luke 21:24 when Jesus was warning His disciples about the busyness of the times and the cares of this world.
“But be on guard, so that your hearts are not weighed down and depressed with the giddiness of debauchery and the nausea of self-indulgence and the worldly worries of life, and then that day [when the Messiah returns] will not come on you suddenly like a trap;
How many of us have felt overwhelmed with keeping up with the world? Maybe you've been hustling to build your business like crazy, maybe you're team 'no sleep' because you want to be successful, OR maybe you signed up for every webinar you can think of about growing your social media. And then nothing works like they told you and you're depressed. I personally get tired of seeing these ads pop up everywhere about living the best life and doing what I want. Sounds great but feels like another burden on my back.
Millennials, be still and know that He is God! All of these signs are proof that our Savior, Jesus Christ, is returning soon. Do we want to be found busy and living our "best" lives without Him? I encourage you to take this time to reset and rest. We cannot be a friend of the world and also be friends with God, neither can we serve God and mammon! (Matt. 6:24, James 4:4) We have to choose where our loyalties lie. If we're so focused on the "pride of life" then where does God fit into that?
God isn't saying don't plan for anything. Plan, get your ducks in a row, but deprive yourself of these worldly and youthful desires. Do a social media detox, spend more time studying the word, grab a book in an area you spiritually struggle in, "set your mind on things above and not on things of this world." - Colossians 3:2. I've learned that the "millennial life" is a snare to our souls. There are too many bags to carry; maybe it's time we learned to pack light. So that when Stay-At-Home is complete, we can go out into the world with fresh eyes and a new focus.
If you're tired of all of the busyness & seek rest for your souls, Jesus said, "Come to Me all who are burdened & I'll give you rest." Learn about the Good News of Jesus Christ and His gift of eternal life. Check it out here.