What To Do with an Empty Quiver

by Sheri Schofield

Our church is holding its annual garage sale later this month to raise scholarship funds for our children to participate in camp and mission trips. I figure it is a good time to give away some of the cute dishes I’d stored for when I had grandchildren. I do have grandchildren now, but they live far away and I only see them once or twice a year. They have long outgrown these dishes—serving bowls with duck feet, a painted bumble bee bowl on a spring that makes it bounce, salt and pepper shakers that look like chicks, etcetera. I sigh as I put these in the garage sale, but there is no point in keeping them now.

The Bible tells us that our children are like arrows that fill our quivers. The thing about arrows is that they are not meant to stay in the quiver. They are designed for flight toward a distant target. We never know where the Lord will send our children once we release them.

But what about our now-empty quiver? God never intended us to live with empty quivers! He wants us to continue reproducing our faith in the lives of others.

The Apostle Paul told Timothy, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you…You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 1:5, & 2:1,2, NIV).

Timothy was not Paul’s physical son. He learned of Jesus through his mother and grandmother. He became a spiritual son to Paul (“my true son in the faith” 1 Timothy 1:2) while serving God under Paul’s leadership. Paul instructs Timothy to share with others the things he learned from him, in order to reproduce Christian leaders.

One does not have to be a strong, bold leader to reproduce godly character. The most influential person in my life was an eighty-two-year-old widow who took me into her home after high school every day while I waited for a ride home. She always had a snack for me. Together, we would sit at her table, and she would thank God for His provision before we ate. I used to glance up at her as she prayed, for her face glowed as she spoke with God! I wanted to be like her someday.

I became an arrow in her quiver.

Paul also wrote—”As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good” (Titus 2:1-3 NLT).

While our words can be powerful and guide those under our influence, a living example gives feet to what we teach. They see God through our humility, selfless acts, and loving with no expectation of something in return. By living this way, we inspire others to follow in our steps as we follow Jesus.

We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. Titus 2:12, 13 NLT

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About the author: Award-winning author, illustrator, and Bible teacher Sheri Schofield ministers to children and their families through her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids. After serving Jesus through children’s ministries and personal evangelism for many years, she understands how to communicate God’s plan of salvation clearly to those who are seeking God.

Her first book on salvation, The Prince and the Plan, was designed specifically for children. But during COVID, Sheri sensed the need to also provide help for adults. Her new book for adults, God? Where Are You?, tells tells who God is, how we became separated from him, and what he is doing to bring us back to himself through Jesus. At the end of each chapter is a section called “Food For Thought”, which answers questions many unbelievers have, such as—If God is good, why do terrible things happen?—Is anyone too “bad” for God to want to rescue them from sin? This biblically based book is short and easy to read. 

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Christians In A Pagan World

by Sheri Schofield

Montana is a place of rolling hills, mountains, big skies, and wildlife. Not all the wildlife are animals. Sometimes the humans get a little wild, too. There isn’t much entertainment around here unless we make it ourselves.

One summer, some of the young people got bored and decided to provide some of that entertainment. The bolder ones suggested something that maybe some of the more timid weren’t sure about. “Let’s all buy beige yoga suits and ride our bikes through town!”

I’m sure that the more timid ones were reluctant. But after some discussion, their friends convinced them that this would be a good idea. They all bought the outfits and chose a day for their event.

People’s heads turned as the group streaked by. Eyebrows rose. Gasps were heard. Soon everyone was talking about the invasion of nude bicyclists!

This event so enraged the adult population that the issue reached the state legislature. With a population of about one million people in the entire state, our issues are less weighty than, say, California’s or New York’s. So the legislators decided to do something about this unprecedented event. It was reported in the newspapers.

“Let’s outlaw the color beige and tight-fitting outfits! And while we’re at it, let’s outlaw going topless!” the legislators proposed.

But Montana’s businesses depend on tourists, and we couldn’t have the police going around arresting innocent visitors who might happen to be wearing beige or tight swimsuits or men who were hot and took their shirts off, could we? So the issue never made it out of committee.

I chuckled when I read this report. But it got me thinking about how often we Christians let ourselves be pushed into things that aren’t right or good just to be part of our social group. How often do we try to blend into the world’s ways in order to look cool or savvy? “Oh, everyone’s doing it!”  That’s the common excuse. It is often easier in the workplace or in our social groups to be more like chameleons – those small reptiles that blend into the scenery – than it is to be known as a Christian.

A cultural revolution has been making huge strides in our nation. We are expected to be silent about the evil that is openly practiced in our country . . . and in our churches. What should we do?

Daniel faced that same problem. His enemies deliberately laid a trap for him. They persuaded the king to issue a decree that no one was to worship anyone but him for thirty days. If they disobeyed, they would be thrown to the lions.  What would he do? All Israel would be influenced by Daniel’s behavior, for he held a high position in the government.

Daniel chose to behave exactly as before. He went to his window where all could see, just as they had seen him praying daily. He knelt and prayed to the one, true God. Yes, his enemies threw him to the lions. But God shut the lions’ mouths and they did not harm him.

The king issued another decree, that in every part of his kingdom, the God of Daniel would be reverenced. Daniel’s people could now worship the one, true God without fear, because Daniel had been faithful. (See Daniel 6 for the whole account.)

So stand true to Jesus as a living example of godliness to your world. Be ready with a gentle, truthful answer. You never know who may see and turn to Jesus.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2-3 NLT

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sheri schofieldAbout the author: Sheri Schofield, an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years, has just released her new book, The Prince And The Plan, to help parents lead their children into a saving knowledge of Jesus. Sheri was named Writer of the Year for 2018 at Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

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