People play games with decades, generations, and eras. They give names to them in order to try to pin them down and describe what was going on. In recent years we've heard, for example, of the "me generation" and the "take-charge era." ...

The good news is that people are increasingly displeased with selfish and aggressive lifestyles. They are opting for time with family over fast-track careers; they are looking for and finding fulfilling spiritual purpose when materialism has said there was only expediency and bleakness. The "Second Thought" in this issue refers to the Apostle Paul's advocacy of genuine love and says of him, "He invites people to walk through the horrendous issues of their times with that kind of love and see how different everything looks."

Things do look very different when love opens the heart to knowing God's actuality and the all-presence of divine Spirit. As Charlene Miller comments in her article, "The living God is present. He can light the way for us out of darkness and despair into productive, meaningful, rewarding activity." We of course have to respond, and that takes courage. But as Michael Rissler explains in his editorial "Bring on the heroes," we're up to it because we discover courage is something natural to us as we find our God.

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God, us, and the take-charge era
September 23, 1991

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