My friend and new colleague JD Collier sent me a very encouraging bit of news today from a recent TIME.com article. "What Gen Y Really Wants" examines what is important to the 20-somethings entering the work force.
"With 85 million baby boomers and 50 million Gen Xers, there is already a yawning generation gap among American workers--particularly in their ideas of work-life balance. For baby boomers, it's the juggling act between job and family. For Gen X, it means moving in and out of the workforce to accommodate kids and outside interests. Now along come the 76 million members of Generation Y. For these new 20-something workers, the line between work and home doesn't really exist. They just want to spend their time in meaningful and useful ways, no matter where they are."
I was interviewed last summer for an article in "Christian Professional" Magazine, and was asked, "How do you define success in your business?" I said, Certainly there are measurements like sales, cash flow, our clients' response to the work or the opportunity to speak at conferences and such...but I have realized the success is finding a seamlessness between church, work and home - meaning I can be exactly the same guy in all of these places."
So...here on a Tuesday morning - I'm feeling pretty good. With one TIME article, I've wiped 20 years off my age and it's not even lunchtime yet! As a church communications guy - I look at the information in TIME and wonder what it will mean as we think about creating community for this coming generation.