Parenting: It’s Never Too Late To Lead

“For their sake I dedicate myself completely to you, in order that they, too, may be truly dedicated to you.” (John 17:19 TEV)

Jesus knew he wouldn’t be with the disciples forever. He knew at the Last Supper that he would be hanging on a cross within a few hours. This is what he prayed: “Now I am departing from the world; they are staying in this world, but I am coming to you. Holy Father ... now protect them by the power of your name” (John 17:11 NLT).

You’re not going to be with your children forever. Parenting is a season. It isn’t going to last forever, but it’s never too late to start leading. 

You may be a grandparent now, but you can still be a spiritual leader to your grandchildren.

You can echo Jesus’ prayer, saying, “Father, before I depart the world, help me to impart godly truths to my children and grandchildren. Before I leave them behind and come to you, guide me to be a good steward of those you put in my care. Then I can give them back to you, knowing you have always and will always care for them.”

Talk About It --

  • What do your kids see that you are committed to?
  • What do you want them to see that you’re committed to?

Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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