The Real Problem With Millennials

The Real Problem With Millennials

Spoiler: It's not the millennials
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This week, I was fortunate enough to begin a project focus on millennials and the way we, as a generation interact with art and use museums. The first task of this project was to spend an afternoon browsing some of the various articles that have been written about millennials over the past few years.

What I found was nothing surprising. As someone who is quite tuned into news, media, and current events, I’m fairly familiar with the general image of millennials put out in the media. One publication says that we are the most narcissistic generation, another tries to defend us by saying that while that’s true, it’s simply not our fault. Some try to point out positive aspects of the apparently self-centered disposition of our generation, while others go a completely different direction to say that the real reason the world should have an issue with us is that we simply aren’t patriotic enough.

Needless to say, it’s enough to make your head spin.

Personally, I’m not particularly bothered by these articles, but I have trouble seeing what they really do for our society.

In one Vanity Fair article (that, to be fair, still grouped and judged millenials as a full generation), the author stops for a few sentences to write about judging people as individuals and not by the supposed disposition of their age group and generation.

He wrote about the millenials he had met and the ways he saw them think and function creatively in an ever-changing job market and world. He writes about how he admires this aspect of their personalities. While he doesn’t pose this as a view-changing experience, he also doesn’t pose these individuals as exceptions to the rule.

The issue with these articles is not that they are criticizing and judging our age group, it’s really that they attempt to group together every human born over a period of 18+ years into one image, one stereotype. Sure there are selfish millennials, and there are incredibly forward-thinking and selfless millennials as well, but couldn’t that be said of any generation, or really of almost any group of people?

The fact of the matter is that all the research and observation of general trends in the world couldn’t actually make all, or even a vast majority of the millennials fit into the narrow descriptions set out by these articles. People are simply not one-dimensional types, and it’s frankly a little bit boring and pointless to try and write us as such.

If we go into interactions ready to judge others in this way, we’re not getting anywhere as a community, and we’re not going to make meaningful connections as individuals.
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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.
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Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"

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It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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