“WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PREPARE THE FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN,
BUT WE CAN AT LEAST PREPARE OUR CHILDREN FOR THE FUTURE.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Children who are born to a young man
are like ARROWS IN THE HAND of a warrior.
Happy is the man
who has his bag full of arrows.
They will not be defeated
when they fight their enemies at the city gate.”
– Psalm 127:4-5
“ARROWS IN THE HAND”
ARCHERY is a precise skill. It requires perception, concentration, practice, and a clear vision of the target. Good archers keep their arrows strong and sharp.
ARROWS can be quite different from one another. Some have plastic vanes, others have actual feathers. They can have different tips, they can be different lengths. Some are designed for target competition, others are designed for hunting. Some for hunting fish, some for birds, some for large game.
But arrows are also very similar — each has been carefully fashioned and crafted, molded and balanced. They’re all intended for flight. They’re all intended for a target. They’re all intended for maximum impact on that target.
Likewise, GOOD PARENTS CAREFULLY FILE AND SMOOTH THEIR CHILDREN AND HELP THEM GROW STRONG IN THE ‘LORD’.
Children were designed by their Creator to make an impact on the world. To live for a reason. To set their minds toward a goal. To accomplish a purpose. TO COUNT FOR SOMETHING IN GOD’S GREAT SCHEME OF THINGS.
ARROWS, though, weren’t made to rattle around in the quiver forever. After all the sharpening, strengthening, preparing and aiming, an arrow must be released.
Children are never intended to stay within the four walls of our home. Our home is a merely a means to prepare them and mold them and straighten and balance them. But the time is coming — coming very soon, in fact — when they will be released. They were made to fly. They were made to pierce a target.
As parents, we are also responsible to release those precious arrows and IF WE HAVE DONE OUR JOBS WELL, THEY WILL FLY STRAIGHT AND TRUE.
The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves.
On the night of a boy’s thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test. He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and the tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick woods and he was terrified! Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce.
After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the path. Then, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with a bow and arrow. It was his father. He had been there all night long.
Carol Kuykendall has written: “Letting go is a God-given responsibility as important as love in the parent-child relationship. Without it, WITHOUT RELEASE, CHILDREN CANNOT GROW. WITH IT, THEY GAIN THE CONFIDENCE AND INDEPENDENCE TO SEEK AND REACH THEIR POTENTIAL IN LIFE.
“GIVE YOUR CHILDREN ROOTS AND WINGS.
LOVE THEM AND PROTECT THEM,
NURTURE THEM WITH A STRONG SENSE OF ‘GOD’ AND FAMILY AND THEN –
LET THEM GO.”