Dec 17, 2020
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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.
- 2:37 - Discussing life in Thailand as a dad.
- 5:37 - Resources Aaron is providing to help Thai dads
experience the love of God.
- - "I went to a counselor and was diagnosed with
work-induced burnout and kind of the result of it was that I just
felt like that God expected us to work so hard and prove our worth,
similar to parenting here in Thailand. Like you have to prove you
have to gain your worth, your value, you have to pay back your
parents for raising you, I kind of felt that way with God. But
that's really not God's character if you really read the Bible. You
can see that there's so much love and grace there. He just wants to
spend time with us. We don't have to earn it...His desire to relate
to us is not based on what we do or not do...He really cares for
and loves us graciously, mercifully compassionately, and his desire
is to really connect with us."
- 8:22 - Losing his dad in a biking accident 16 years ago.
- 14:10 - Encouragement for dads with young kids and balancing
expectations of family and work.
- 14:40 - Recovering from burnout and needing time to rediscover
passion for God, kids, wife.
- 16:30 - Rhythms that add life
- 17:00 - Recommended podcast: From
Burnout to Breakthrough
- 18:25 - Verse
by Verse ministries - a resource Aaron uses for his
morning time with God.
- 19:45 - Friendships and mentorship while living
- 20:19 - "More than anything else in life, as a human, I desire
someone to know what's going on in my head and my heart at the most
raw and honest level. If you don't have that, you're not living
life. And then the truth is, like, what's inside of me is not
always pretty, it's ugly, like it's really ugly and thankfully the
last year I've spent working on developing that kind of
relationship with my wife. Before this we had a good marriage right
but it wasn't amazing. It was harmonious, but this last year we
both made a commitment to each other that we're gonna share what's
going on in our heart even if it's ugly, even if it's distressing,
even if it's like, oh man, it's shocking, but we want to be known
by each other."
- 22:45 - Fathers for the
Fatherless rides and runs for 2021
- 23:15 - Sharing stories of the impact of Venture in
- 29:57 - Aaron's closing prayer
- 31:30 - Recommended books:
- 31:51 - Aaron's ministry