Do you ever wish you could go back and retract every prideful thing you have ever said? If we could, there would be a huge silence.
Some of the most prideful things I ever said were more to myself. They were the judgmental conclusions I made about other people's teenagers. And of course, these were uttered when my children were 12 and under. Oh how easy it is to parent teens from the armchair.
I wish I'd never said those things in my head. I wish I'd never thought them. What did I know back then? What do I know now, for that matter?
I've been on the other side of these things, having had teenagers. Teenagers have a way of humbling you, forcing you to your knees, teaching you dependence upon God, and that too much certainty can be a bad thing. Those were good lessons.
But I still wish I could go back and change things. It was a wrong attitude.