“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)
Each time I was moved to the point of tears as that new life came into the world. To think I helped create a completely unique person was very humbling. More than that, it was overwhelming, knowing that a large part of who they would become depended upon my parenting skills.
Psalm 127:4 goes on to say that children are, “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior…” The thought about parenting here is clear…the warrior is me, the parent. Just like a warrior breaks the stillness of the air and sends his arrow toward the mark, so parents are to raise children so they fly straight and true to hit the target.
But what target do we want them to hit? And why? How will we get them there? Will I know if I’m succeeding?
Those type of questions often leave parents confused and prompt us to make some poor decisions.