Can Boomers and Millennials Learn to Get Along?

AHansDSC3779I was asked to speak at a men’s retreat recently in Massachusetts–on how these two generations can respect each other and thrive together.  Here is the question I have been working at answering:

How can each generation work together to pass on the mantle of leadership from one generation to the next?

The example we use from the Bible is between Moses–the old guy–and Joshua the new kid on the block. Here is how Moses and Joshua set a great generational changing of the guard: Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

And here is the cool part:  Moses did everything he could to empower the next generation–he laid his hands on his replacement and gave his sign of blessing and support for the new generations:
“Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the LORD had commanded Moses.

What a joy hanging out with these 80 men for the retreat and pouring into their hearts.  The journey of learning to thrive together starts with three steps:

  1. Stop judgmental attitudes toward the other generations.
  2. Look for the positive characteristics that you can agree on.
  3. Practice respect for those older or younger than you are.

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