Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight

-Diane Wirtz

Change, change. It seems to be the theme of our world today, especially when one has lived as a Baby Boomer and is engaged with Millennials. (Millennials are those born in the early 1980's.) That is where I find myself as I begin my tenth year serving at Pregnancy Resources. Yes, it is a growth filled experience as I realize that the "old" ways of attending to client's needs most often do not "click" with the younger person. But then, one thing never changes and that is the Truth of God's Word. Never mind the fact that my generation have relationships that spring from belief systems and the millennials secure their belief systems from relationships first. (Quite backwards from my generation, but significant when counseling a young person in the client room.)

Practically, what this means in the client room is that I must realize that everything is “about them”. So that means I must first let them speak, allowing them to make the impending problem all about themselves. Select questions then allow me to hear what underlies the information I have heard. Secondly, this "new" generation of adults is one which makes decisions very quickly and often short-circuits the need to ask relevant questions about the impending decision. This decision is often about choosing life or death of a baby. The predominant strategy of most young people is to "erase" this pregnancy so I can get back to my life. What they don't realize is the fact that once a mother, always a mother and the human spirit knows and remembers this. The after effect of choosing to abort may lead to a long life of regret, guilt, and Post Abortion Stress Syndrome. So, the Truth of God's Word is the one thing that ties my older belief-based system of living with the "new" relationship-based system of living one's life.

Bottom line….no matter what the generation, God knew long ago that the Truth of His Word is the only way one can maneuver the maze of life's many choices. Not only does this give the older person a chance to share Truth and grow in understanding another generation's perception of living life, but the younger client has an opportunity to see how God can transform a life and heal the pain of living in a world of constant change and uncertainty.