We are our best father when we have our best brothers with us. And so we need those guys and those are the guys that you came in and went rafting with, you know, with me… Those are those guys in my life and we need our brothers. But then also sometimes we need someone else who’s on the outside who’s got some training is a professional in some ways to come along side to create a safe space for a child to unfold.
Living intentionally in the same direction over an extended period of time will have a greater impact on your children than anything you could possibly say.
One thing I learned is you can’t just set the goal, like you got to reverse engineer it and figure out what are the daily habits that are going to get you to those goals. And that’s where the magic happens. That’s where the hard work habits. And that really is the key to going after those goals.
And just because you may not have the skills that another brother may have or, the abilities that someone else may have, understand that you, your value is not based off of what you do. It’s based off of whose you are, you belong to the Father and your value is rooted in that. Stand confident in that understand you have something to offer your kids. You have something to offer your spouse. You have something to offer your church. You have something to offer this world and walk in your gifts and let other people do the things that you’re not so gifted in and celebrate them in it as well.”
Have courage. Pray dangerous prayers. What kind of mission do I have for my life? Take risks. Fail often and early. Don’t be a critic. Be an encourager.
“We should have this vision to have kids who are emotionally healthy and capable in their friendships and their marriages and their careers and we have to begin by doing the inner work ourselves”
“Anything lasting, anything of eternal value, anything of substance, we can’t do without Him. But as far as the big picture….we parent out of relationship – our relationship with God and our relationship with our kids and life, it’s a rhythm, and God designed it that way.”
Aaron Smith was one of the founders of Venture, now living full time in Thailand as a missionary with his wife and nine year old and thirteen year old kids. He has a passion to resource dads both in Thailand and the US.
He is known for his powerful wisdom communicated through a contagious joy and childlikeness. Seth and Lauren love to empower families to build a strong connection that fosters peace and creates a thriving family culture. Seth, Lauren and their three children homestead with a large garden and handful of animals on a small farm in Texas.
Jonathan Wiggins is a Christ follower who loves his wife, his family and his community of friends. Jonathan speaks, writes and mentors leaders. He is the lead pastor of Rez.church in Loveland, Colorado.