Sugar Coated

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Dear Millennials,

As I think about our time growing up in America, I cannot help but have fond memories. The truth is that we have been very blessed and privileged to live where we live. Many of us had loving homes, good education, and plenty of opportunities for sports, fine arts, and other activities. If I could define our upbringing, I would describe it as sweet. 

Many strive to have even a hint of a childhood like we had. They gave out "Most Improved" awards and No Child Left Behind became a reality. It is as if we got a little extra sugar coating on our cupcakes and life was the sweetest. The problem about sugar is that it tastes amazing in the moment, but the longterm benefits are slim to none.

Now that our generation lives as adults, we are beginning to see some of the stomach aches of our sugar-rushed upbringings. Life is not fair. Society is hard. In yet, we still try to add some sweetener by saying things like, "Her truth is her truth," or "It will all work out." Don't get me wrong, positivity is a wonderful quality, but what if her truth is not truth? What if it never works out? 

Millennials have an incredible opportunity as dreamers, go-getters, and creatives. However, we have to be extremely aware of the risk of painting a false reality to the next generation. The place to turn is Scripture. The love letter of God our Creator gives us solid ground to live our lives and we will never get sugar sick over His Word. 

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you,and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:14-17

This is not a charge to go stepping harshly on the toes of others who believe differently. This is an encouragement to live a life of love, including through sharing the truth. When we have differences of opinions in society, we should feel free to seek God's wisdom and share those thoughts in an amiable way. When our creativity takes over and we run with a God-given idea, we should not think twice before redirecting the glory to the Idea Giver. 

Today in a world of discussions of equality and walking on eggshells. May we be an example to the generations to come that this world is full of trouble, but we will dream big and love well, but do so living by the truth of God.

Much Love,

Emma Danzey