As I finished the private message, I sat back and sighed. A friend chose to be offended for reasons I won’t go into here. It made me think of how social media and college education has shaped our young people.
On that subject, I found a book written how to reach millennials. My first thought was, “We have to write a BOOK to teach respect of others, listening skills, etc?” But then I had that private conversation which went nowhere.
What can I learn from this situation?
- Relationships with no boundaries will collapse.
- Friendships that are one sided will not last.
- Because the family has disintegrated, our young people carry baggage. They may not be aware of their baggage yet or how anger destroys everything in its path.
- People are jaded and approach people as if they are like the people in their lives who once hurt them.
- Pride is a terrible thing. Pride kills everything. You know…it’s humbling to be wrong. It’s okay to be wrong. It’s okay to move on from being wrong. You grow from being wrong. No one is right 100% of the time. That means your name would be Jesus if you were that right all the time.
So today as I close the door of a friendship, I am a little relieved and sad, too. Perhaps someday we will meet again. Or maybe not. It all comes down to belief and maturity. When I was her age, I made mistakes, too. I closed doors and burned bridges.