Arrows Are Meant to Fly
Missions Minded Family – Arrows Are Meant to Fly – Part 1
Unlike many male-dominated sports, archery has been practiced by women throughout the ages. The Victorians considered it an admirable pursuit for genteel ladies. This occurred, during an era, when most genteel women spent their time learning to embroider, watercolor, or sing. Not many of us claim to be experts with an actual bow, but if you are raising a Missions Minded family, then you are launching arrows.
“Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward. As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth. Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5
As a woman, do not think that this verse only applies to the father. The word “man” is translated from the Hebrew word “geber” and according to the definition in Strong’s Concordance, this word includes “everyone”.
Our children are our arrows, and they are meant to be weapons against the enemy. A Missions Minded Family raises those children, to seek the lost, and pierce them with the truth.
Aiming the Arrows
In order for an arrow to find its mark, two things must happen.
- The bow must release the arrow
- The arrow must not be deflected by outside forces
For the sake of the metaphor, let’s consider God as the Archer. He draws Christians, the bows, to Him. We help steer the arrows, future generations, and give them the strength to fly. Working together, the Archer, the bow, and the arrow, can find the intended the target.
God has set before us the task of worldwide evangelism through missions. That is the goal. In order to accomplish that mission, we must let Him take control as we are drawn towards Him. As Mission Minded Families, we must hold our “arrows” straight, and when the right time comes, we LET THEM GO.
Shooting the Arrows
As we consider our children, and others that we wish to disciple, we must remember that God is in control, and nothing can happen until we let go.
- Arrows are not effective in the quiver. They can only realize their purpose when they have been shot.
God did not mean for your children to stay with you forever. At some point, they need to leave home and pursue God’s calling. We are merely stewards of our children, not owners.
- A misguided or poorly aimed arrow will not only miss the target but may cause harm.
Every arrow has the potential to go haywire. As a parent, we are called to be vigilant. The job of shepherding your child’s heart is a 24/7 commitment. The best way to guide your child is by example. If you have a heart for missions, and soul-winning for Christ, so will your children.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
A Word to Young Adults:
- Don’t dismiss your parents’ guidance and leadership just because you have been set free. They have experience and wisdom that only living a longer time here on earth can give a person.
- Don’t equate “releasing” with “freedom” to go your own way. The arrow is to go where it was intended by the Archer. It is not designed to be a heat-seeking missile, it does not have a mind of its own. Likewise, you too should not stray from the direction you were pointed in.
Here are some questions to consider:
- As either an arrow or a bow, are there any areas I am not giving to God’s plan?
- Is missions viewed as a target for my family’s life or an obstacle?
- Have I allowed God to show me the right target or am I limiting Him?
- Have I allowed God to point me in the direction He has for my life?
Read other articles in this series:
This series of articles on the Missions Minded Family is based upon a lesson taught by Hannah Schmutzler, future missionary wife to Mongolia, to the ladies at Southwest Baptist Church, in Oklahoma City. The foundation of this series and all quotes came from the book written by Ann Dunagan, “The Mission Minded Family: Releasing Your Family to God’s Destiny.”
About the Author
Hannah and her husband Cameron are currently on deputation, raising support so they can begin full-time missionary work in Mongolia. She juggles the demands of traveling with those of a toddler and keeps a sweet spirit through it all. Hannah has authored two books in addition to her writing for the Submissive Spirit. She also blesses us with her beautiful voice.