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My Pastor often describes the relationship of two generations as a river.  The younger generation is like the water that is charging downstream, full of excitement, passion and fervor.  The older generation is like the banks of the river that channel that water in the right direction.

Imagine a river with no banks.  The water would spread out all over the place, expending all of its energy in every direction until it was completely spent and worthless.  Living our lives outside of honoring relationships with previous generations sets us up for ineffectiveness and instability, but the guidance of fathers and mothers focuses our efforts and channels our energies into a force to be reckoned with.

What often looks like a parent boxing a child into a set of parameters or limiting their potential is really providing the stability necessary for real growth and effectiveness in the life of the child.

How have you seen older people channel your passion and energy?