Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
I know what will happen if I don’t try.
I know what I’ll get if I don’t ask … usually. It seems that sometimes Daddy can read my mind and give me what I want even I don’t ask. Sometimes he’ll give me stuff that is better than what I would have asked for. But daddies are like that. God is like that, too.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try
My daddy is a trier. He doesn’t seem to be afraid to try anything.
He’s not shy. He’ll ask. He’ll knock. He’ll email. He’ll walk through the door whenever everyone else is standing outside peeking in to see what is going on.
I want to learn to be like that.
I want to learn to be bold, too. Unafraid. To have courage.
Boldness is not just Physical Strength
I go to kung fu. Daddy says that just because I can beat him up, it doesn’t mean I should go places just to beat up people. Or, to go to places where there are people who are still stronger than me.
But he says, I should be able to go wherever people would normally go. I should NOT be afraid to go just because I am a girl.
I can rely on my strength.
Source of Real Boldness
But daddy says that real boldness comes from relying on God. Real boldness comes from us being committed to doing things for God. Then God will fight the really big battles for us.
Some people rely on God because they are weak. Daddy says that when we rely on God we will not be weak.
I think that is where real boldness comes from … relying on God.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.