The Release

by: Jason Prater

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.

Psalm 127:4 (ESV)

This past Mother’s Day my wife, Kayce, suggested that we take our three boys for an afternoon boat ride (yes, I am a lucky man!). As we were riding through the marsh enjoying the wind and God’s creation, I couldn’t help notice what my sons were doing. Kolt, my oldest, was sitting in front of the console pointing out the different birds we were passing. Drake, our middle son, was perched on the front deck keeping an eye out for the occasional gator ducking below the surface. And Joey, our baby, was sitting on the deck enjoying a bag of Doritos. As Kayce and I enjoyed the ride and just being together as a family, my mind drifted to the fact that we don’t have many more years before we will have to send our boys out into the world.

Pondering that thought, a flood of emotions came over me: fear that they won’t be under my protection forever, but also excitement that they will have the opportunity to leave their mark on the world. Then came the questions. Are we doing enough to prepare them for the world? Am I as a father showing them how to be the men God has called them to be?

The Psalmist wrote that children are “like arrows in the hand of a warrior.” Just like the arrow of a hunter, the arrow can’t do its job if it’s not released.

Men, are we preparing our children to go into the world fully equipped to leave their mark?

More importantly, are we preparing them to leave a mark for the Lord?

*Today’s post is by Jason Prater.

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