This is the passage that you will see painted on the balcony if you walk in the front doors of the Children's Center on the Pelham Road campus:
"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!"
How are children like arrows? Here are some thoughts, from a post on The Resurgence blog.
- Need to be carefully made. Someone, or some thing, will shape them. It is just a matter of who or what.
- Weapons of war. God wants to use them to advance His kingdom and gospel, but this will not come easy.
- Go where we can't. There is potential for a huge future impact. When you shape a child, you not only bless him but you are also helping to shape every person that that child will interact with.
- Should obediently go. Character issues are rooted in disobedience, and disobedience is rooted in being proud and self-centered. Children cannot lead unless they learn to willingly submit to authority.