Tomorrow is the day that people set aside time to give thanks. Family, friends, health, and blessings are all things that top the Thanksgiving list, and certainly we have much for which to be thankful. The work portion (and often the non-work portion) of my life is committed to the next generation, and I am thankful for them. Too many times we are critical of youth without taking time to get to know them or invest in them. So during this season, spend time with a young person, find a way to bless a young person unexpectedly, ask them about their dreams, challenges, or reasons for sadness. Being with extended family will most likely provide opportunities to be with members of the next generation. Remember the days when you were sitting at the kids table feeling like the adults knew nothing about you; don’t let this be true of your holidays. During this season, take a kid or grandchild to Starbucks (they can’t afford it), find a way to bless a young person unexpectedly, ask them about their dreams, challenges, or reasons for sadness. Get a Venti so you can talk less and listen more or volunteer to sit at the kid table and be amazed by tomorrow’s parents, employees, and leaders. Or better yet, ban the kids table forever and have a multi-generational holiday.
Commit to spending time with one person from the next generation over the holidays.