Psalm 127:3-5, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of arrows”.
The goal of every parent is to steward the arrows that the Father in heaven has given them. There is a battle for our children's hearts. We need to fight for their affections. The enemy is after what they will love and where their affections will be placed. This is why parents are called warriors! We are in a battle.
There are 4 parts to every arrow.
This blogpost is about the 3rd part of the arrow: the nock. All of the power in a bow is of no value if it cannot be effectively transferred. That’s why every arrow, at the rear of the shaft, has a small groove that holds the bowstring. This is called the nock. The nock keeps the arrow in place on the string until the power is released. This speaks to relationships. When someone’s life intersects with God and with people, a power transfer occurs.
None of us was intended to make the journey through life alone. We need the strength, comfort, encouragement, resources, and power provided by God and others. Friends in a community offers much! Our best in any area is NOT good enough. Your children need to see you in community so they will desire healthy relationships as they grow. Community is slow. Community is messy. And community is hard. Why? Because it takes T-I-M-E to grow. But community is worth it! Our life is meant to sit in the context of community.
God is all about relationship. He created mankind for relationship with Him and with others. What do we gain from these relationships in community, our tribe?
Activation: The Relationship Circle
****Parents & children create a separate relationship circle as you complete this activation together
*Children, are there any people in your circles or your parents’ circles who could be spiritual fathers/mothers to you, to offer spiritual mentoring and support?