Diversify your friendships

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[vimeo id="84952898"] Do you mostly hang out with people your own age? Do they share all the same cultural traits? Are they all the same ethnicity? If so, I want to challenge you to broaden your scope. I came across a post by Donald Miller, not too long ago, in which he addresses exactly this issue that seems to be a common trait among young people. He made a great point in the post.

He challenged young people to take their cues from people older more experienced people. You might be thinking, “Why on earth would I do that? Why would I want to spend time with people older than me?”

Well, the sooner you learn to do that, the sooner you begin to understand the next step in your life. Learning from older people is an essential part of our journey to discover our divine design. They’ve already been through much of life and they have a greater grasp on the struggles, twists and turns of the journey. This experience is knowledge and wisdom they can pour into you; and most of the time, they’re more than willing to do that.

If you make yourself available to glean from others older than you, then you will be much better equipped to deal with the pressures and stresses of life. You’ll be empowered in a new way to step through life with clarity, confidence and conviction. Older people – for the most part – have understood what it means to discover purpose and meaning in life. They’ve lived through the journey and have dealt with more decisions and adventures than most twenty-somethings. These older people have adventured life and lived their divine design.

So here’s the take away: Broaden your friends to span the generations

Take time to engage with people older than you. There’s much you can learn from them. Proverbs 16:31 says, “Gray hair is a crown of splendor;
it is attained in the way of righteousness.” Take time to sit down, ask questions and learn from those older than you. They can help you stay on the correct path.

Are you spending some time with people older than you? What have you learned?