4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. ESV
It is hard to imagine that today technically wraps up years of homeschooling for our oldest child. His graduation ceremony is tonight. One of the few typical high school activities he has participated in.
The following is a note (slightly edited version) we included in his graduation announcements.
We would like you to join us in rejoicing over the launching of our first arrow (Psalms 127:4-5). Although the road has not always been easy, the Lord has seen us through each step. From a preemie in NICU, through surgeries to the radical and often frowned upon homeschooling, we have strived to serve the Lord in all we did by raising him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). We have made many mistakes both known and unknown, yet we would not change our course. Our prayer has been to raise him up to serve and glorify the Lord in all he does.
We don’t desire gifts for him for graduation (nor does he want to write thank you notes). Material things will rust, decay and long be forgotten (Matthew 6:19-20). But we desire your prayers that he will continue to grow in wisdom and stature with God and in wisdom with man (Luke 2:52). We think his stature with man is fine at 6’2”. If you feel led to write him an encouraging note or share some Scripture, please do so.
He for now is going to continue working at his present job while continuing his education at home and online. He is also continuing to expand his computer and website work. Please pray that he will seek the Lord’s will in all he does and be obedient to God’s Word.
Thank you to all of you who have helped us through the years. Everything from prayers, guidance, and teaching to offering opportunities for learning responsibility has aided us in getting to this point.
Although we have launched our first arrow, we still desire prayer as we hone the next four arrows to shoot straight and true. Hopefully, they will follow along the path that we blazed with the first arrow as he continues to set a good example.
We’ve honed the arrow as best as we could and we have aimed the bow at the right target.
Now the job ahead is to release the bow string. Having shot a bow before I know there is a fine technique to the release.
It can’t be a sudden, harsh release, but it must be smooth and steady. Otherwise it might veer off to the side.
The arrow will do no good if you never release the string, though.
You can’t let yourself get in the way, otherwise the arrow may just drop to the ground right in front of you.
The arrow release must be relaxed, smooth and easy, not tense and tightly held.
You can’t be too slow in the release or the arrow loses its momentum and doesn’t travel far.
Most importantly, never take your eye off the target.