My fondest Sunday School memories are of Eugene Anderson who was my fifth grade teacher. He was a World War II vet and told us stories from those years. Since then I have always tried to connect with those of older generations than myself. The wisdom and experiences of those who have gone before me is so important as I grow into the man that God wants me to be. The temptation of young leaders is to think that their ideas are the newest and greatest ideas. The irony is that most of the time there is nothing new under the sun.
This morning I met with a men’s group from our church and was the youngest in the group by thirty or forty years. As we studied the life of Christ, I loved hearing how they interpreted Scripture based on their current and past experiences. They had interpretations I would not even think of. We need relationships with those who are further in the journey than ourselves.