This week we wrap up our series with Clay Scroggins called “Fight For It”. But instead of just Clay, we get an interview with Tim Elmore, President and Founder of Growing Leaders.

Resilience has changed throughout the generations and as a culture we are trending toward. The trend for parents is to protect rather than prepare the next generation for adulthood. Our greatest opportunity for leading the next generation is to model and build resiliency muscles.

Start Talking

  • We all tend to look at the generations ahead of us and behind us with a bit of sarcasm and frustration. What are some stereotypes you find yourself thinking about the generations ahead of you? Now what about the ones coming after you?
  • In what generation did you grow up? If you’re on the borderline of two different generations, which one do you most associate with and why? 
    • Builders: 1929–1945 
    • Boomers: 1946–1964 
    • Busters (Gen X): 1965–1982 
    • Millennial: 1983–2000 
    • Homelanders: 2001–2018

Think About It

  • How do you feel your generation has prepared you in terms of being resilient?
  • Do you remember a time in your life when you had a lot of change and your resilience was tested? What did you learn from that period?
  • We are much more likely to be emotionally and physically healthy when we take a locus (position) of control. In other words, we should do what we can to take control of our lives versus feeling like we are at the mercy of others. How would you currently view your locus of control? Do you feel like you are more responsible for your current state, or are other people? Explain.

Look It Up

  • Read Romans 12:2
    • Can something in this passage help transition you from a thermometer (simply reading and going along with the temperature) to a thermostat (setting the temperature)?

What Now?

  • In the interview, Dr. Elmore gave three ways we can help the next generation build resilience:
    • Affirm Scripture out loud. 
    • Help them see progress. 
    • Give them ownership.
  • Who is one person in the next generation that you have the potential to influence? Which one of these applications would be their next step?
  • What is something unique about your life experience that can be used to help influence the next generation?

Leading the next generation begins with the transformation of the leader. As adults, we have opportunities to examine our own narratives that affect our relationships and leadership. Examine your locus of control narrative this week and choose a Scripture to affirm the truth about what God says about you.

Additional Resources

Spirit by Judah & the Lion (Song)
Resources by Tim Elmore