Will the world change our children...or will our children change the world?
Max was absorbed in the latest issue of Highlights while Luca sat with a new friend, headsets on, listening to a book on tape. Waiting for him to finish, I perused the library shelf nearby, elated to find an assortment of William Steig books. Knowing Luca would be just as excited, I turned to show him only to find an empty chair. I glanced over at Max, fully expecting to see his little brother peering over his shoulder - no Luca.
"Where's your brother?" I asked, scanning the breadth of the children's section. Instructing Max to stay where he was, I reported to the librarian that I could not find my youngest son - my voice sounding unfamiliar while everyone seemed to move in slow motion. Calling on the Lord, I ran up the stairs issuing a hundred prayers at once. As I rounded the corner my eyes met the wide-eyed, tear-filled stare of my five-year-old. He was in my arms in an instant.
On our way home, I pondered how I was able to lose my child while standing within an arm's reach of him. In the days that followed the question took on a deeper significance as I read Julie Ferwerda's book, One Million Arrows, and began to consider the possibility of losing my children to the world. As a home schooling mom, I am with my children practically 24/7 but how available to them am I really? And what about the children around the world that are lost and have no one anxiously searching for them?
Julie encourages us to not underestimate what God can do through our kids now - giving examples of God's frequent use of young people as world-changers. During our vacation in Maine I was amazed to hear Luca telling his new playmates the Good News of Jesus at each beach we visited.
Those of us familiar with Charlotte Mason know the importance of "living books" - those written by an author passionate about her subject and can make it come alive. Julie Ferwerda is such an author so I'll move out of the way and let her tell you about One Million Arrows in her own words:
"Time is short and lives are at stake. Right now, God is inviting our families to become part of a bigger story—a vision that will engage hearts to make a radical difference. One Million Arrows is an inspirational call to raise our kids to impact their culture, community, and world for Christ. If we want our kids to discover their purpose, if we want them to live with passion for the Kingdom, if we want our family to go down in His-Story, accept the mission...and leave a mark for eternity."
Teaching our kids to serve rather than be served is part of the arrow-shaping process spoken of in "One Million Arrows." Here Max and Luca learn to hone arrows by volunteering child-care at a local ministry twice a month.
I do hope you will join the vision of one million arrows for God along with me. Read an excerpt or learn how to order and find out more about how all proceeds for the sale of the book are designated for international orphan ministry. Let's not lose our arrows but see them launched by the hands of a Mighty Man!