There are absolutely no shortcuts to acquiring the level of skill and consistency of an Olympic archer. Experts say it takes six to ten years of discipline, dedication, determination, and hard work to compete on the Olympic level. And as with any sport, you must have a “can do” attitude and put a tremendous amount of hours into practicing. But if a person’s dream is to become an Olympic archer, then none of that should be a problem.
Listen to the words of the Psalmist, “As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth” (Psalm 127:4 KJV). Children are like arrows in the hands of a mighty man! Why, of all the illustrations, would the Holy Spirit direct the psalmist to use this one? Because before the archer lets go of that arrow, he has done one thing and he has done it well – he has sighted his target. “The requisite to good archery hardest to acquire is utter concentration of thought and sight upon the object to be shot at — this more particularly upon the precise point of letting go the arrow.” (Maurice Thompson, The Witchery of Archery, 1879, p.157) When the Olympic archer lets go of his arrow, he has done what it takes to make his shot. He has calculated the distance, the wind speed, and the elevation. And he has prepared his body and mind with strength and mental conditioning, all for the purpose of sending his arrow straight into the middle of the bulls-eye!
Parents, we are God’s archers and our children are God’s arrows. When we step up to the line and draw back our bows, our challenge is simple yet daunting. We must do everything within our ability to send our arrows squarely into the middle of the bulls-eye! The place where our children will hear from their Lord, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21). This challenge is not easy and it will take many years of tremendous discipline, dedication, determination, and hard work on our part.
Sit down with your children for 15 minutes each night and share God’s Word with them. Fifteen minutes. That’s not a lot of time is it? Oh contraire, getting your family together every day will not be easy. There will be homework to do, dishes to clean, baths to be given, clothes to be folded, the list goes on and on. These are important things we do as parents. But don’t let the hustle and bustle of life keep you from being the parent that God has called you to be. Godly parenting takes a “can do” attitude and the willingness to put in the time. Are you the mighty man God is looking for?
Check out my family devational book, In Our Father’s Hands. It contains a 10-15 minute devotional for every day of the year that parents can share with their children. It’s a great resource for parents, plus youth and children’s ministers. http://www.littleacornkids.net/Devotionals/overview.html
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