We do each have a very important job to do, no matter where we stand in our current walk of life. If you are a parent, then I am especially referring to you. If you are not, then your job is just as important, we have to be a people who are real and transparent. We sat through an agonizing archery tournament yesterday, our oldest son is so competitive and usually does very well at the current sport we are competing in. Archery is one of his favorites, for whatever reason he has gotten in his head that he couldn’t pull his bow back enough to make it to the target. He was barely pulling it back and trying to push the arrow forward. It was tough to watch, he went from a 250 in the beginning of the season to a 55 at his last tournament.
We tried to equip him, we got his bow re-strung, we worked with him. It was not helping, he had gotten something in his mind and we could not change it! How familiar does that sound? Have you ever had every tool you needed to accomplish something, but just couldn’t get the job done? God equips us for where He wants to use us and work on us. As Emerson was shooting yesterday, between each round I would try to help him and encourage him along in hopes that the next round would be better. Nothing worked, I reminded him about David and Goliath and how the impossible happened and that it could happen for him as well. Still pushing the arrow along, not hitting the target. So, finally we just let him be and reminded him to have fun and enjoy his friends. The hardest part was watching him being disappointed, we were trying to spur him on for his own good and it simply didn’t work.
However, throughout this whole thing I have been reminded of so many life-giving truths that I want to share with you. The first one we are all aware of is that his future is not going to be wrecked by how well he did or didn’t do in his 4th grade state archery tournament. No, he has been created by God for a very specific purpose and God is going to use him in mighty ways. That is our real job here, we are to equip him for life. We are to set forth a godly example for him to live by. His generation is going to be the next one to carry on the world, his generation full of technology born minds, child traffic victims, children of heroin addicted parents. His job is going to be huge, he needs to see that he can conquer this world with God by his side. That is the real lesson here, that he now develops a relationship with God, that he learns to lean on God even when he doesn’t understand what is happening around him. When he doesn’t understand why he can’t get the arrow to the target, he needs to learn now to trust God and his plan, not his own. We couldn’t help him no matter how hard we were trying, and we were definitely giving it our all.
He needs to understand that he can do all things through Christ who gives him strength, that he can change to world, that in a world of unknowns that he knows the answer to live. He needs to fail so that when he is on the mountaintop he will know how good that feels, and appreciate every step that he took to get there. He needs to experience God in things that we just simply can’t explain or understand as parents.
Just what if, he gets it as a child. What if he doesn’t have to wait to be in his 30’s to begin to see what all God has in store for him and where he wants to use him. What if he begins now, just what if? That is a big what if that is worth it for me to stop being selfish and live a life of example for him to follow. That is my job, God has given him to Allen and I to train up, so that when he is old he will not part from it. I need to be an example of love and grace for his generation, I need them to see Christ in me. We literally all need it, we need to see Christ in every part of our world. How are you spreading His message?
What if he got into an archery slump so that I could talk to him about having a personal relationship with God, realizing that we are not always going to understand everything and that, that is ok. His Christian walk is based on more than just reciting the books of the bible and saying the Lord’s prayer, it is about trusting God from his innermost being. It is about stepping out into new arenas, taking on the world with the creator on his side and knowing that God has the best in store for him. So, we will move forward, helping him overcome this obstacle but remembering the real truth, he is a child of the one true King, destined for great things. His true heart is the thing at stake here, and we will love him unconditionally every step of the way, no matter how well he does or doesn’t do. We will pick him up, dust him off and keep at this life until we get it right.
What if we are raising the next leader of his generation? It is not a job to be taken lightly. What if you are to? Take your assignment seriously, our world depends on it!
“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” Joel 1:3
But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17