What I have found interesting is the ways that people around me have reacted to this teaching. We have all realized that we are not perfect and that our parenting is not perfectly aligned with how God would want it to be, but we have had very different reactions to the teaching.
- Regret - a feeling that I messed up many times over the years and wish I could go back to re-do them.
- Perseverance - realizing that I have not done well recently, and I must redirect how I am parenting to get back on a better course.
- Surrender - the attitude that because I have failed in the past, I would like to give up and throw in the towel and walk away.
What is the correct response? Is there a correct response. They obviously all recognize the wrong doing, but what should be the attitude for the future? Confession and repentance for a believer should probably be involved no matter what the initial response is. I think Philippians 3 helps us with the next step: