Have you ever wondered how to make tough decisions well? You’ve probably had to make some over the last few weeks due to COVID-19 and its impact. You’ll probably make more in the coming days. How do I know? Because recently, I’ve Zoomed, Slacked, and had calls with many friends and when I ask how I can pray for them, the answer is universal: “I’ve got to make some tough decisions.”
Those decisions include, “How can I possibly work from home and help my kids with online school at the same time?” “I just got laid off. How can I get another job when no one is hiring?” “My elderly mom is at home all alone. Who is going to take care of her?” “My spouse and I are at home all day and all we do is bicker. What should I do?” There are hundreds of other questions we have. We all want to know how to make tough decisions. Here is the one thing we need to make them.
Have you ever heard someone say “OK, boomer”? The phrase, popularized by millennials and Generation Z, exploded across the internet last year after a boomer criticized them in a video on social media. The phrase expresses the younger generations’ disdain for the older generation’s attitude toward them. It’s ignited generational conflict between older and younger adults, and both sometimes feel dismissed and disrespected. But what do millennials need from us?
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” The same is true for a good father. When he feels fear about meeting monthly bills, or his child possibly doing drugs, or paying for college, he digs deep and determines to do the right thing and stick it out. He keeps his promises. He keeps his word to his kids. He leads a life of self-sacrifice so his children may live better than he did.