Part I. We’ve Reached For The Stars . . . Now What?
Ride the ski-lift to the top and you will feel it. Lock yourself into the roller coaster car and you will feel it. Walk up to the podium and adjust the microphone and you will feel it. It is the feeling of “what did I just get myself into”? Add in a few PG expletives as beads of sweat trickle down your forehead and you have some of the many moments I have had in the months following my application and acceptance to become a full-time missionary with The World Race.
First off, I am a member of Generation Y, or now more commonly referred to as “Millennials.” I was a part of the group where our schools proudly exclaimed “Reach for the Stars,” and where you always ended up with a prize or reward no matter the effort or lack there of. I was a part of counseling programs that focused on self-improvement. In fact, most all of my education I was taught only about the betterment of my self and rarely about sacrifice and giving to others. Stepping out of your comfort zone was giving a project presentation in front of the class, which to some is the equivalent of death. You would think the risks would get greater over time, and in some ways they do, but self-comfort has always come first.
A true sign of our times is the decline in those going into the military. You can take it as a result of the government’s effort to shrink the size of the military or you can take it as a sign of selfishness on our part. I can count on my fingers the numbers of friends who have gone into military service, a pitiful realization in my opinion. Another thought to chew on is the growth of activism and non-profit organizations, I could probably list over a hundred different organizations that have been started up in the past decade that range from feeding the homeless to self-motivation clothing lines. Not all of them are bad, in fact, most are powerful and courageous ideals and movements to be a part of. But these are usually individual-driven and most die off before ever taking off. This is why we also get labeled “Generation Me.”
Realizing how self-consumed we are is the first step. The next step is actually doing something about it. This is where most of the non-profits start off and never get very far. It is the area where we have to actually get out of our comfort zones, act out the movement we are starting and be the person no one else wants to be. We have to take a risk.