“We think too much and feel so little”-Charlie Chaplin
50 or so years ago, the above quote might have been true, but nobody in their right mind would agree that this is still true of our present generation.
Just 5 years ago, the word “Emo” didn’t even exist!
3 years ago, “selfie” wasn’t even a word!
Today, emoticons are part of the language of the “Y Generation.”
Facebook has recently incorporated them, and users post not just their thoughts but also their feelings.
And if you observe closely, their feelings are actually their thoughts!
Somebody said that this generation is the most “entitled” generation in the history of the world.
It’s hard to argue with that.
It’s not so much that we are selfish, but more of “self-centered.”
It’s like the world revolves around ME.
And too much “feeling”, and too little “thinking” has a lot to do with that.
The generation of our forefathers had this “no quit, no excuse” mentality-not because something is hard means I have to stop doing it.
Now the opposite is true-anything that looks hard, feels hard, smells hard, and I’m justified to stay away from it, or quit when it actually is hard.
Thus we have produced a generation of quitters!
As a Pastor, I have sadly even seen this in the faith arena. Ask your members to read their Bibles daily, pray consistently, journal their spiritual journey, be accountable to their mentors, and BOOM-they are out of your church faster than you can say “Quitter!”
I believe a key to turning things around is to encourage and empower our children and students to learn to THINK again.
I’m not a psychologist nor do I have scientific proof between the connection of thinking and persevering, but I certainly believe feeling and quitting does!
I certainly know it’s harder to think than to feel.
We are emotional beings, and there is nothing wrong with that. But we need to be reminded that we are not our feelings, and there is more to us than just our emotions.
God also created us to be thinking, reflecting, and certainly persevering beings!
May we quit being quitters and develop greater tenacity for the hard but worthwhile things.