“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers…” Psalm 127: 3-5 (NLT).
What does “family” mean to you? One of the dictionary definitions that Webster gives us is, “Family |ˈfam( )lē|: a person or people related to one and so to be treated with a special loyalty or intimacy.” Some of us have blood related family, and some of us do not… but I believe that this feeling “part of” a “family” of some form is something that we all deeply desire.
I like to blog and read them as well. I recently read this great quote on a blog written by a Christian mom named Amy Roberts: “The Lord views children as an important part of the family unit. They are called a ‘reward’ and a ‘heritage’. It is our duty as parents to recognize the privilege of raising children whom God has blessed with unique gifts, talents and personalities. No two quivers (families) are exactly alike, just as no two arrows are fashioned the same. [The concept of] ‘raising arrows’ is all about keeping in mind the fact that as Christians, we are raising unique individuals who will someday be let loose to fly with precision and accuracy at the target set before them by the Lord. We shape and sand selflessly with that thought in mind.”
I love this quote and the responsibility that it carries. The next generation will take care of us and will be the ones leading congress, preaching, teaching, creating, designing, and healing. I was reminded again by a friend the other day of the significance of this verse: “Train up a child in the way he should go” (Prov 22:6 NASB). The emphasis is on the word “he” for a reason… each of the children in our lives are unique and different, so we should treat them as such. What one child needs and responds to may be very different from what another needs and responds to.
My wife and I are new parents to a beautiful little girl, almost 6 months old now! We also have several friends and family members with children whom we have been given the privilege of influencing. Whether we have our own children or not, we are responsible for impacting, encouraging, and guiding the next generation. The children all around us are going to effect this nation and world and we are called to lead by example and to assist their parents in providing a clear path to relationship with God. Check out Matthew 19:14 (NLT): “Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’”What are some things you can do in your life to encourage and grow the babies, children, and youth around you?
God has put specific children in your life for you to influence… will you be obedient? What does this look like in practical terms?
By Kegan Mosier, MA, LPCC
Husband to Mikelle
Dad of one daughter, Reese Noel
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Mental Health Counselor at Cornerstone Christian Counseling,
Worship/Creative Ministries Pastor at Passionate Life Church