A good father recently told the story of a nighttime ritual with his children. He'd tuck them into bed with the words, "Good night, Little Arrow."
He coined this nickname for his children because of the famous Bible verse, "Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, are the sons born in one's youth. Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. Such men will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate." (Psalms 127:5)
Arrows shoot out from a man. They go before him and prepare the way for victory and peace. Our children, like arrows, will go on ahead of us. They will be here after we are gone. They will carry on the mission, the divine assignment, the Kingdom plan. Children are parents' longterm way of affecting the world for good. If we sharpen our children's hearts and minds through diligent training, through them God will pierce the evil of this world and the apathy of the Church.
The more disciplined we are as parents, the stronger we are able to pull back the string of the bow and launch our "arrows" with maximum speed and effectiveness into enemy occupied territory for the purposes of blessing and peace. Faithful children are our hope for this world. That's why a man is blessed who's house is full of them. They will clear a path for goodness, justice, and freedom for future generations, bringing glory to God and Heaven to Earth. In perfect line with the archery metaphor, my friend's bedtime benediction to his "Little Arrow" was met with the heart-warming reply, "Good night, Big Bow."