By John Grant
“Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Luke 14:15
Now that there are names for all of the generations, I have had trouble figuring out which one I was in, until recently when the author of a new book, â€œThe Luckiest Generation,â€? explained it to me over lunch.
I missed being a â€œBaby Boomerâ€? by two years and was born nineteen years after the last of the â€œGreatest Generation.â€? Time marches on and now we have â€œGeneration X,â€? â€œGeneration Y,â€? and who knows what else. But just where do I fit in?
Tom Brokaw coined the term with his book â€œThe Greatest Generation.â€? These were the people who lived through the Great Depression and fought in the biggest war in history. The â€œBaby Boomersâ€? were the ones who got their start in life after the troops came home from WW II. But what about those of us in between, like me and like Elvis and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tom Brokaw himself?
Now I have the answer. In his new book, my friend writes about those of us born between 1929 and 1945 and coins it â€œThe Luckiest Generation.â€? Those born in this time were too young to fight in WW II and too young to really experience the hardships of The Great Depression, even if they lived through it.
It was the first generation with a smaller birth rate than the one before it and so there were more jobs for fewer people and it was easier to get to the top. These people were just hitting their stride when the big war was over and the economy boomed with consumer productivity. These people experienced all of the new advancements in everything from communication to transportation. These people were positioned to escape the worst of times and to take advantage of the best of timesâ€¦.. hence the term â€œluckiest.â€?
But what do we as Christians believe about luck? The answer is nothing, unless one is referring to a Baptist â€œpot luckâ€? dinner. Luck is defined in the dictionary as â€œa chance happening, or that which happens beyond a person’s controlâ€? and goes on to point out that luck can be good or bad.
For those of us who believe in and have submitted to the sovereignty of God, nothing in this world is a chance happening. No matter what generation we are born into, as Christians we are neither lucky or unluckyâ€¦â€¦ we are just blessed. As Jesus said, â€œBlessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.â€?
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Â (a thought on life from John Grant)
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John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney. He is an active writer and frequent speaker.Â He can be reached by e-mail at John.Grant@johngrant.net