Archery requires equipment maintenance, aiming, physical strength, patience, and repetition. Anyone who has spent time around very young children knows about repetition. As a parent, I often feel I could be replaced by an electronic recording of certain phrases.
We check the arrows, string the bows, and aim—again and again—in an effort to help our children become proficient at striking the bullseye of social, emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual targets.
The more we teach our children and ourselves about the “whys” of our faith, the abler we are to live each day faithfully. The choices that God would have us make become available in our spiritual quiver. The Spirit strengthens us to draw back our bow of living as baptized children of God, enabling us to hit our mark, or close to it, for Christ’s own sake and for the sake of the world he loves.
This message is an excerpt from “Take aim” by Julia Seymour in the May 2019 issue of Gather magazine.
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