As a young adult, have you ever felt like not-so-young adults tend to write you off because you're not as "experienced" as they are? I feel this way too often for it to be okay. Recently, I was speaking to a much loved relative about different scriptural views and I couldn't help but feel like my point of view wasn't even being considered. I know that this was unintentional on my relatives part and that he couldn't really help it, but the experience deeply disturbed me. This wasn't the first time I felt this way and it definitely won't be the last. I know I cannot be alone in feeling this way.
Before I continue, I am not saying that we as young adults are always right. Not-so-young adults, this is not meant to make you feel attacked or to tell you that we should always be listened to. I understand that you have more life experience and that generally, you have more wisdom than we do. What I am saying is that your age and wisdom does not necessarily mean that you should not pay attention to what we have to say. We have a voice and we have a different perspective on things that could also have merit. We're not completely useless.
Unfortunately, I feel that young Christians tend to feel this more deeply than other young adults. Why? Because when you're trying to talk to someone about something that is so a part of you that without it you feel like you couldn't live a full life and someone pretty much tells you that you don't know what you're talking about, it has a tendency to break you to pieces. Again, I'm not saying we're always right, but you should at least hear us out with a humble heart and without thinking that we're wrong before we open our mouths.
Here's a few simple reasons why, as young Christians, we should be heard:
This is a joint effort between the young and the not-so-young. We both need to listen to each other and to humble ourselves enough to really pay attention to what the other is trying to say. So adults, don't be so easy to write us off and young adults, don't always take it to heart if they do. Final word to young adults, your parents and the other adults in your life are wiser than you and they do have more life experience than you, so don't always think that they don't understand because they're "old." If you are fortunate enough to have God fearing adults in your life, lean on them and listen.