Full text of Pastor Andy Stanley’s talk titled “The Secret to Great Parenting” which is a part of the lecture series called ‘Parenting in the 21st Century’.
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Andy Stanley – Leadership Author and Pastor of North Point Ministries
Hey everybody, thank you so much for joining us. If this is your first time, we certainly hope it’s not your last time. And this is a great time to join us because we are at the front end of a brand new series.
For the next several weeks, I want to talk to parents, grandparents, future parents, aunts, uncles, anybody who feels the weight, and the responsibility of equipping an infant, a child, a teenager, a middle schooler, or a high schooler for life.
Today, and for the next few weeks, I want to talk about parenting.
Now, when Sandra and I talk to parents about parenting, she always says something that gets everybody’s attention. And for those of you who are in this season, where you’re raising middle school or high school students, you totally get this.
Here’s what she always says, she says: “The days are long… the days are long, but the years… the years are short.” And this is oh, so true.
On the front end, you feel like you have plenty of time, and then you blink, and they’re 10. And then they’re graduating from middle school, and then they’re gone. And you will think, “Oh, no, are they really ready? Did I tell them everything they needed to know? Did I prepare them for life?”