He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Revelation 3:5 NJKV
Do you recall the term “latchkey children? They were the children of working parents who returned to an empty home after school; if you are between the ages of 40-54, then you are part of Generation X who may have learned self-care under minimal supervision. Generation Xers are children of the Silent Generation and older Baby Boomers, who spent significant time in their lives alone, due to parents who shared similar work ethics. Whether or not this created insecurities or a greater sense of independence, many Xers vowed to not repeat the same situation with their children.
The Silent Generation and Baby Boomers were taught to work hard by investing their time and energies into their careers with strict loyalty to their employers; hence we would receive employment security, skills development, pensions, retirement funds, promotions, we chased after the dream. We had the expectation that if we worked hard for a company and “paid our dues” we would be rewarded with merit raises, excellent benefits, and considered valuable employees that the company relied on to achieve their mission and profit margin.
We did not have interviews that questioned us as to where we would be in five years, nor did we have to provide a detailed explanation of why the company should hire us. Our resumes reflected a minimal number of jobs, and our strengths were labeled as the actual experience. It was human eyes that read our career objective in paragraph format, which matched the position applied for because bullet points with key terms would immediately disqualify us as an applicant.
However, our priority of being loyal to our careers precipitated the breakdown of healthy relationships with family, marriages, and God. Statistically, Baby Boomers have the highest level of chronic illnesses; and they are the first to succumb to job termination because of the inability to advance with technological changes and failure to meet current standards for job productivity.
Fast forward to the subsequent generations, such as the Millennials who realize career or employment changes are inevitable. Being equipped with that knowledge gives them the resilience to go with the flow by keeping their resumes up-to-date, possessing the highest level of computer savviness, and enjoying a work-life balance from their employers. Most realize that they will survive the impact of job loss because they do not center their entire lives around employment with one company.
Unfortunately, humanity is always in conflict over the past, present, and future; the change in the dynamics of family, social, political, religious, and financial systems has blinded many, and we fail to realize that we can learn from the experiences of one another. Many of us survive in continual chaos, and as a result, when the issues in our lives escalate to a crisis level, we lack the needed support and solidarity, which forces many to falter and make unhealthy life choices that worsen the situation.
God did not intend for humanity to be so out of sync with his perfect plan for our lives. You can say that it was not our choice for Adam and Eve to disobey God, and consequently, we are suffering because of their sin against God. In spite of life’s worsening conditions, God has not left us destitute, He has lovingly promised to give us His continuous grace and mercies to see us through our journey.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV. The plans that He has for us include Eternal life, it is our decision to claim his promises by preparing every day for a better life in the New Heaven and the New Earth.
We must learn from the biblical accounts of individuals who committed sins by disobeying the precepts and commands of God because they chose to follow their own desires. Preparing for a better life includes serving God with humility, obedience, possessing knowledge of His Word, asking for wisdom, maintaining communication with God through prayer, and living harmoniously with others.
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 NIV
Prayer for today: Dear God, When we reflect on our lives, we confess that we did not make the best choices, and for this, we ask you to forgive us. We ask for your Divine intervention to move forward, we ask for wisdom to make the changes that are necessary to prepare for Eternal life. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Reference: Forbes articles on Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millenials
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020