I sometimes wonder what it must have been like to parent Jesus. He was fully human, yet he was also fully God. That means he didn't make mistakes. As his parents it would probably have been frustrating to realize that every argument was going to end up with you being wrong. When Jesus didn't head home with his family after their visit at the temple his parents started to freak out. They had literally lost God. When they finally found him back at the temple and corrected him for not going home with the group, Jesus responded by honoring them, even though they didn't really understand it all. I suppose parenting the perfect kid would really cause you to reflect on your own inferiority. It doesn't seem, though, that Mary and Joseph became discouraged at their shortcomings; instead they did their best with what they knew.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.