Fox News recently reported about a re-vamp of a popular board game. A longtime favorite for fun (and teaching about personal finance), there was nothing wrong with Monopoly the way it was, but the folks at Hasbro Gaming decided some changes had to be made to the classic game of Monopoly. So, they created “Monopoly for Millennials”.
You’d think maybe this was to account for increases of costs of living and inflation, but not so. You can see for yourself the upset reactions on Twitter as reported by the Blaze. In a nutshell, the “updates” made to the game have been received by many as yet another insult to Millennials, who are quite often the target of public scorn. Regardless of how you feel about the Millennial generation in general, here are some Bible verses I believe Millennials should claim over their lives and keep close to their hearts.
1 Timothy 4 :12 (NKJV) “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
What’s your ministry? What’s your calling? You can have an impact on the world, for good. Even if the culture at large wants to stereotype you in a negative way. Even if the news wants to portray your generation in a bad light. You can have a positive impact for Christ. 1 Timothy 4:12 says don’t let anyone drag you down because you’re young. Be an example for the believers. Show others what it means to be an example for the Lord. No matter what you’re doing. Even when others want to disparage you or talk negatively about you.
Proverbs 16: 9 (NKJV) “A man’s heart plans his way But the LORD directs his steps.”
Does the deck ever feel stacked against you? Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you plan, regardless of how hard you try. The good news is that God can direct our steps and help us through the worst of circumstances. This goes for our entire lives, no matter what age we are, whether it’s relationships, career, finances, anything.
I love A Catholic Mom’s Life channel on YouTube and how she talks about how God directed her steps in her love life. While marriage may be the furthest thing from your mind, you can see how the Catholic Mom saw God ordering her steps when she tells her story of how she found the perfect guy – or so she thought, since they were engaged – and all along, it turns out that he was NOT the man for her. The Lord ordered her steps, and she eventually became engaged and married to the man she is now happily married to today. So for you, whatever your problem is, turn to the Lord for wisdom, and He can order your steps, no matter what your situation.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”
Maybe you’re new to walking with Jesus and you’ve got some choices in your past that you wish you could change. As a Millennial, the good news is that time is on your side – your path is wide open ahead! You’ve got time to start living for the Lord if you haven’t been already.
Or maybe you’ve known the Lord your whole life, but you’re questioning why He’s allowed bad things to happen to you in your life while people who seem to care nothing about the things of the Lord are prospering. It may appear that you’re not getting a fair shake at things while people who care nothing about God are having the time of their lives. As Christians, we are encouraged to trust God as we only have limited information on why things are the way they are.