Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”
“Like arrows in the hands of a warrior.”
What a great statement! A well-skilled archer has effective aim. I have known a few avid bow hunters through the years. I tried, but they put me to shame. They practice, study methods, upgrade equipment, and are able to be on target. Me not so much, I neglect the four basic rules of archery:
- The Direction you point the arrow is important,
- The Strength of the pull has effect,
- Properly Timing the Release is valuable, and
- Accuracy in Aiming is vital.
If we apply these to raising children and we understand more about what the Psalmist might have in mind.
- What Direction am I pointing my children in?
- What Influence (Pull) am I giving them with my lifestyle?
- Do I let go (Release) them into situations (or expose them to certain things of the world) before they are ready? Or am I hanging on too long?
- What are my goals (where am I Aiming) for me and my children?
Paul tells fathers (and mothers by default), ” . . . do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Eph 6:4)
Here are a list of Parental Rules to Model and to Teach so we can be skilled archers.
- Put purity above pleasure.
- Place others before yourself.
- Be more industrious and less lazy.
- As an adult be more mature and less childish.
- Demonstrate service over power.
- Be Christ-like.