The Power of a Single Arrow

Archery has been around since the beginning of man. For those of you who have never had the chance to try it, it is more difficult than it looks. Archery, however, has a lot in common with life. We see a goal, far off in the distance, and we do what we have to do to prepare ourselves to achieve that goal. What’s your goal? What’s your passion? You are not going to accomplish a thing without picking out a target first.

A Bull’s-eye  just doesn’t happen. It’s the product of planning, perspiration and patience.

1. You have to be invested!

The dedicated archer makes sure he has the best equipment in his hands. Bows can run thousands of dollars for a tournament-caliber one. The more you are willing to invest, the better your chances are.

 If you don’t aim; if you don’t shoot; you will always look back and wonder. 

Why not take the risk and step out by faith? You must first commit to invest, however. You must be willing to invest the time and energy to see you dream materialize from start to finish. Prepare yourself for the possibility that you will fail before you succeed. Such is life. To handle such setbacks, you must also invest in a solid, meaningful relationship with the Author of the Universe. God will see to it that you are fully equipped as you close in on your dreams. He is all the equipment you’ll ever need.“Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”  {1 John 4:4).

2. You have to be steady and patient!

The archer cannot be distracted. He must be totally committed to his shot. He is totally focused. How focused are we ? How easily can we be distraction from the task before us? . We so quickly and easily take our eyes off the prize. Think of the archer as he slowly and deliberately draws his bow, preparing to shoot. He knows that an accurate shot cannot be rushed. Likewise, we as Christians cannot be in a hurry. Results, achievements, goals of dreams are brought to fruition in God’s time, not ours.

3. You have to stand up under pressure!

Firing off an arrow is not as easy as it appears. There is enormous tension as the arrow is drawn back. It is pressure, that once released will propel the arrow towards it’s target. I close by warning you that your journey on this earth will introduce you to pressure as well.  Just remember, that without that pressure behind it, the arrow would fly but a few feet, and fall to the ground. Pressure is a part of life, and it will make us better. Don’t buckle under it, don’t run from it. It’s just one of the ingredients that makes success taste so sweet!

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