1 Kings 4:1-34
Psalm 72 & 127
Psalm 127:3, "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 them."
Have you ever shot an arrow at a target and hit the bullseye? Even if it gets close to the center, it's a wonderful feeling because it takes great skill! The proper aim, a steady hand, and good technique are essential in a successful launch. But without a carefully made bow and arrow, the trajectory will fail every time.
God handcrafted each of us for greatness. Whether we have children of our own or have the opportunity to influence children around us, they are little sprouts of potential, eager to take on the world. But without upbringing in God's house, the trajectory of these arrows can be wayward and off the mark.
God needs to be in the equation for these youngsters to launch with power, soar with their unique giftedness, and reach their maximum potential. They need the Holy Spirit's direction and guidance to hit the sweet spot of success. Apart from God, they may achieve great things, but true success happens as they become the hands and feet of Jesus, aiming to spread His Word and touch the hearts of humanity. This strong foundation will give them a shot in life to hit the mark and fulfill God's purpose - the ultimate bullseye!
King of kings, You are greater than all. You take my breath away as I stand in awe of Your goodness and power. As I experience You, transform my heart that I may live in a way that causes others to turn to You as well. Amen.