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What Does an Arrow Do?
By Julie Ferwerda
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Does raising arrows mean that all our kids should only pursue full-time ministry or missions?

Absolutely not! Raising an arrow of God means raising a childarrow to always focus unwaveringly on bringing the love of Jesus Christ into every aspect of the journey throughout his or her life, regardless of location or vocation. Along with raising a daughter who might decide to become a heart surgeon, I also want to prepare him or her to be ready and able to be used as a healer of hearts. In addition to raising a child who decides to become a teacher, I also want to prepare him or her to be a disciple-maker of Christ. Instead of raising my own girls to have an affinity for international travel, I'd like to take it a step further and give them the opportunity to develop a heart for missions. Instead of raising just channel changers, I most definitely want to raise world changers.

"There is a difference between the man who goes into medicine because science, service, and humanity course through his veins, and the man who sees it as a lucrative career," Voddie Baucham, author of Family Driven Faith, explains. "One man is pursuing the best the world has to offer; the other is pursuing the best he has to offer the world."[i]

My biggest dream for my kids has become for them to always have at the core of everything they do-every motivation and thought-the desire to search for God's dreams for their lives, asking questions like: How can I make a difference in this world? What did God create me to do on this planet to help accomplish His purposes? How can my life be truly fulfilling? How can I become an arrow for God?

Adapted from One Million Arrows.

[i] Voddie Baucham Jr., Family Driven Faith, (Illinois: Crossway Books, 2007), 158.


About The Author

Julie Ferwerda with orphanJulie is recognized for making the Bible exciting and relevant to everyday life through her writing and speaking. Her articles are featured in many Christian magazines and websites for both adults and teens, and she frequently volunteers her time and talents to international orphan ministry. When not doing all these things, she lives by her mantra: Life is short, nap hard. Learn more at: »

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