By Larry George
Do you care too much about what the neighbors think of you?
We always care what our peers think, and being a dad in ministry is no different. On the one hand I loved my daughter, but I felt angry because her bad choices and actions reflected directly on her mother and me. I knew what other people were thinking. People, including family, have a tendency to react and to prejudge a person by what they see with little consideration of the person’s full story.
As a father, I thought that being tough and setting a straight line and not bending would force Rachel to quit what she was doing and come back home.
Finally a pastor who knew the situation told me, “Love Rachel with all your heart—like you did the day she was born. Remember how you wanted to show her off as a new born baby? Love her again like that. Love her like Jesus loves you.”
And so I did.
Yes, I made lots of mistakes as a father. But today I see what love can do. Love can change both a father and a daughter.