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For Luke – Our Arrow

August 10, 2011

     He’s 21.  Today my son has “legally” achieved all requirements of becoming a man.  He has officially received his “man card” only to lose it this coming Saturday.  I am jesting.  He will actually receive his true “man card” the moment he says I do.

     21 years ago the first words I heard from the doctor were, “It has red hair!”  The next words let me know I had a son. “it’s a boy!”  Then came, “He’s too big for the blanket!”  I had birthed a red haired giant baby.  At 10 pounds, he was a big boy.  He has continued to be big in all he does.  His thoughts and ideas are big, his plans and hopes are big and so is his personality.  Luke is a man with plans and ideas and the boldness to follow through.

     Luke was a child that never accepted anything that anyone said without first knowing for himself.  He has always been a deep thinker and an avid searcher of the truth.  He had to search out the answer of life’s questions then would devise a plan.  He always has a plan.  Quite often his  plans and ideas were too big to handle.  He kept this Mama on her toes.  His thoughts were quite often a challenge and we spent hours debating.  But I always held on to the “bottom line,”  “What does God’s word say?”

     When Luke was dedicated to God as an infant, the pastor used Psalm 127:3-5  “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.”  That scripture is used quite often when children are dedicated.  I took that charge very seriously.  I have raised an arrow.

     I have spent years sharpening that arrow.  I have kept it and cared for it so that at the right time it would be ready for battle.  I have been practicing my aim.  I shot him off once to college.  I shot once again 8 months ago when he rented his first apartment.  But today, practice is over.  I have strung my bow, I have taken aim and I am shooting with an incredible weapon. 

     Was my preparation perfect? No.  Does my weapon have a guidance system? No.  But it is still a mighty weapon.   

     The other day I shared about the Spartans.  Luke reminded me of a saying they had as they headed off to battle.  “Come back with your shield, or on it!”  Their shields were huge and if they ran from battle they would have to leave it behind.  The shields were also large enough to carry home a fallen hero who had died fighting. 

     So my charge to my son Luke today is this; You are a mighty arrow.  You are a weapon of the Lord.  Much has been poured into your life.  You are now a man.  Know what a Godly man is and be the man God has called you to be.  First and foremost, serve the Lord.  Secondly love your wife and your family as Christ loved the church.  Finally follow the plan that God has for your life.  As you enter true manhood, come back with your shield, or on it.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy McDermott permalink
    August 10, 2011 11:46 am

    So beautiful.

  2. August 10, 2011 12:27 pm

    What an inheritance you have left him, in your training him up in the way he should go, and in these writings, especially this one dedicated directly to him! Thank you for shooting great, strong-in-the-Lord arrows into our world, Debbie!

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