Thirty years ago, Andy McQuitty, pastor of Texas megachurch Irving Bible Church, began writing words of parenting wisdom in five separate journals — one for each of his five children.
Covering subjects such as relations, faith, discipline, work ethics and even politics, McQuitty handwritten newspapers were written on about 18 years, until the day when his children left for university .
It wasn’t until years later that McQuitty compiled, digitized, and published these journal entries in a single devotional format titled,Your Best Life Laterwhich, according to the pastor, presents deeply personal ideas written directly from the heart of a Christian father to his five children.
McQuitty told the Christian Post that despite having written three other books, he never intended to publish this one.
“I started these newspapers to my children when they were small, in order to communicate things from the heart of a Christian father, things that I felt that they needed to flourish so that their lives flourish .
“It was written as a very personal love letter/diary from a father to his children, with their better life walking with Christ later in mind,” he added.
McQuitty says the idea was originally inspired by his own father, who wrote him a letter when he was young about the life he envisioned for his son.
“It meant so much to me that he gave that personal part of himself that I will have forever, and I thought, ‘I want to do this for my kids too,'” he said.
The book – which is aimed at both parents and young adults – presents practical methods for raising serious disciples of Christ.
Using Proverbs 1: 7-9 As a biblical foundation of the project, Mcquitty calls on parents to examine their own journey as disciples of Christ and how they can influence their children by keeping in mind eternity.
“I imagined my young child reading this verse and asking the Lord, ‘My father’s instruction? The teaching of my mother? What instructions? What teaching?’ “, he said.
Because people’s lives are flooded with various forms of media, Mcquitty says that’s precisely what makes personal writing so powerful.
“It shines like a light in a dark place because it’s personal and it lasts,” he said.
After serving his church family as senior pastor of Irving Bible Church in Texas for 32 years, McQuitty is now pastor emeritus and has focused on writing and ministry.
He worries about “the erosion of Christian values in the public square and a kind of persecution, almost, of Christian parents who stand up against this crazy trans thing and the revival and the CRT.”
McQuitty said now more than ever, it’s time for parents to take personal responsibility for the “moral upbringing of their children.”
“I think it’s a way for parents in Christian homes to reclaim that ground that has been stolen by the public square…the moral upbringing of their children,” he said. “I think it has implications for the survival of our country, actually.”
In 2018, McQuitty said Christians must treat members of the LGBT community as they would “any community of people who are hurting and estranged from God”, calling it a crisis “because we have thousands, if not millions of young people”. LGBT people in America today, many of whom are Christians, followers of Christ, who have left the Church because they feel rejected.
“We must treat them as Jesus treated them,” he said. “How did Jesus treat the tax collectors, prostitutes, and sinners of his day? Well, the Pharisees will tell you how he treated them; they criticized him and said, ‘It’s one of them. He dines with them.’ Jesus called Matthew, a tax collector hated by his people, to be his disciple.Jesus embraced everyone, no matter who they were.
The pastor stressed that if churches are to “love and welcome” members of the LGBT community, they must first establish their position on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.