Thursday, March 22, 2018

What we can do for this generation?


We often listen to the bad news about young people from the attention of the media. For example, teenagers use drug overdoses and do bad habit at school. When we know these things happened to this generation, we should ask ourselves about things we can do for this generation. We know God loves all of them, God cares about these young people. So, if we want to see a next better generation, I think we have to do something empowering millennials.
I try to write some practical ways below here, and hope in these ways can help us to encourage and mold this millennials generation.

First, accept them with no condition. 
Sometimes, we want to accept our young people only with certain condition, if they have good habit or something else. We love if they do things as we like, but we forget, those young people never like their bad condition too, sometimes their situation force them to lives in there.  

I first began to understand the depth of a Millennial's yearning for adult connection and how invigorating a downward mentoring relationship could be when I met all the students at Kalam Kudus Christian School Kosambi. Lives with them for many years make me improve my understanding about teenagers' lives. For me, I can get a lot of good example from them. Example, young people name Thomas Tjiawi (RIP.19 Sept.2009) and Sintara "Arsenal", and all his friends, they're really wonderful young people. Have a strong motivation to get a better life and want to do something for human life. They are a wonderful example of the hope and promise of this generation of young people.

As a parents or educator today, we have to understand that young people every day face a pressure situation. They are surrounded with bad condition. So, we must accept them with no condition.

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Second, understand the attitudes and behaviors of millennials.

As today's adults attempt to authentically connect to the Millenial generation, it's helpful to understand the attitudes and behaviors of these young men and women. This attitude shift is particularly noticeable in term of this generation's is : optimism, achievement orientation, desire for rules and boundaries, acceptance of authority with a corresponding support of traditional values, and desire to commit to a cause.
When we mentoring the young people, we must know that it's not enough for the  Millennial generation to just know, they must believe what they know,value what they believe, internalize what they believe and appropriately act upon what they believe. As a mentor, we must know this is especially relevant to the teaching of spiritual truths.
Dr. Donald Lichi, at "keeping your own heart",president of Chapel Hill Christian School, presents four simple and practical suggestion for us and with that advice,we can establishing a relational friendship with teenagers through :

a. Learn to make teenagers feel important. Be genuinely interested in them and their lives. This alone is a huge step.

b. express your positive feeling about the young person.
Notice special things about the person,recognize her talents and skills, look for positive qualities. Then, look for opportunities to share these qualities with the young person and others. This positive conversation is an investment in a relational connection.

c. spend time with the young person. Invite him to do something that he enjoys, or just do a special favor for him. Of course, you'll need to make the effort to get to know him in order to find out what he enjoys.

d. don't be afraid to share this friendship with others. 
If you're not possessive, you'll include others in the mentoring process as well as strengthening a healthy bond between you and your young friend.

And at the end, we must take them to Jesus Christ, pray for them and lives with them. Hope we keep stay to provide motivation and impart skills and application to meet a task or challenge.