You can’t make them do anything they don’t want to do. And now on the flip side…. actually you do have influence though. And influence is wonderful because it’s like a continuum. And so your question, your challenge as a dad, as a parent, is to think about how can I maximize my influence while knowing I don’t have control.
“That which we focus on tends to multiply….find the best parts of your spouse or the best parts of your kid and focus on those because they’ll tend to expand. Either in your vision but also in your life.”
I’ve tried to model racial reconciliation and unity and diversity in front of my daughters. And I know that’s impacted their relationships… Maybe that’s one sign that I’m modeling something well in front of my kids, that they see my intentionality showing reconciled, beloved community in front of them. And so that’s one way we can be a sneak preview of Heaven is in our relationships… allowing our kids to see that we’re intentional about cross-cultural relationships.
Passionate about global missions through OneHope, David discusses raising third-culture kids, traveling as a family, raising teenagers, and helping his kids become friends with anyone. He strives to live life and parent with intentionality, and believes in surrounding himself with mentors.
Banning’s passion is to see a generation of revivalists raised up who have encountered the extravagant love of Jesus and have given themselves for worldwide revival. He and his wife have three children, Ellianna, Raya, and Lake.
Sam Collier is a speaker and host at Northpoint Ministries (founded by Andy Stanley) as well as the Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group (founded by Reggie Joiner). Sam is also the host of nationally syndicated radio-podcasts “A Greater Story w/ Sam Collier” and “The Countdown w/ Sam Collier”. Sam lives in Atlanta, GA with his beautiful wife and daughter!