Befriend the Younger Generation

How to Ensure Your Legacy

Investing in the younger generation is the best assurance you can have that the good work you’ve started will continue. Here are three ways to ensure your legacy intentionally by befriending the younger generation already eager to make a difference:

  1. Spend quality time with someone much younger. Listen!  
  2. Ask them to teach/advise you about something to earn the opportunity to teach/advise them.
  3. Involve them in your work/ministry and show them your methods for success.

Jesus demonstrated his methods to a few women and men followers–and that strategy still works!

Share your answer to this question in the Comments section: What is an activity you would suggest for spending quality time with a younger person? 

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Laura Savage-Rains--coach, speaker, writer--is the founder and author of who is using her 30+ years of ministry and leadership experience to teach women how to lead with passion. She is a native Texan who has also lived in foreign places such as Alabama and Romania. She makes her home in Lakeway, Texas, with her husband, Mark. She loves to write, speak, and teach the Bible. She is also a women's ministry team member, choir member, stepmom, and Grammy to 3 little girls. She loves dark chocolate with caramel, "The Sound of Music" movie, and Barbra Streisand's music.

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4 thoughts on “Befriend the Younger Generation

  1. What a great post, Laura! Such an important idea! I think it’s important to reach out to the younger person on their turf, where they are the expert as much as possible. I find I need to get out of my comfort zone & into a place where I am the “outlier.” For the last few years, I have partnered with a younger woman at Vacation Bible School at our church. I have learned so much myself & also have had the chance to share from my own experiences.

  2. Great post, Laura, and certainly something that we think about as we hit those middle years of this journey. Beyond the “meet me for coffee” idea, my husband and I felt led to a younger couple in our church who is right in the middle of raising an armful of children. We invited them over for dinner. This may come naturally to some people, but it was pretty out of the ordinary for us (b/c I don’t really think I’m a very good cook!). But we got a fondue pot a few years ago, and we realized you can’t mess up fondue when everyone cooks their own food! It gave us several hours of great conversation about everything under the sun, and it led to some deep conversations afterwards. We learned so much about them — and we felt our acquaintance-level friendship deepened immensely … all because of a fondue pot!