It is hard to believe that archery has been in our lives for six years. Six years of dedication, heartache, triumph, and community. Archery came into the archer life at a hard time for this family. Personal family issues and extreme stress in the home was relieved by archery. Archery has become a family full of dear people that will be in our lives with or without archery. When we first moved to Central Oregon from Southern California, within two days of our arrival, the archer was at the Oregon State Indoors.
This parent knew the importance to insert the archer into the community as soon as possible to establish relationships. At the tournament, the archer was befriended by two boys. These two were friendly and fun boys that helped the archer establish relationships quickly. These boys families have become archer family and the relationships continue today. One young man is now proudly serving our country and the other is a senior in high school and still shooting and striving to the top.
In a recent news spotlight that featured two young women in fishing and archery. The young female archer featured is the cousin of the young man in the military. Together we have created a community of support not only locally, but nationally as these archers are moving up in the archery world. Building a community that can cheer for one another on the field and off the field makes archery such a fantastic family support. (Visit https://www.facebook.com/archeryparent/ to view the video.)
It is not hard to find verses in the bible that support the importance of community. Here are 8 that were pulled from the research to help remember what community looks like and how we can support other archers and families on the journey.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 1 Peter 3:8
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Colossians 3:14
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had. Romans 15:54
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause division and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep from them. Romans 16:17
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. Romans 14:1
For this archery parent, tournaments have become family reunions, if it were not for these people in our lives, archery would not mean much. Yes, wins are amazing. However, it is fellowship, friendships, and love that feeds the soul. As for the archer, he has developed lifelong friendships and support that will always be there for him, on or off the field.
This Archery Parent.
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