Humility and Parenting

We know very little of Jesus’s upbringing. The only glimmer is found in Luke when he describes Jesus remaining at the temple engrossed in scholarly talk with great scholars. Today we might read that Joseph and Mary were arrested for abandoning their son for several days, or the opposite. Jesus and Mary like true helicopter parents deciding their child is a prodigy and leaving him in the hands of others to raise their child so he can become a world famous scholar without a clue what the real world is like.

Neither happened. Many sermons are written about Jesus’s famous words after being chewed out by Mary: “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” Rightfully so.
But perhaps we should also look at the next verse where it is said that, “Then he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.” (Luke 2:51).
His parents wanted their son to live a normal childhood, learning about the real experiences of life and how ordinary people coped. Jesus too knew he wasn’t sent to be a great scholar of worldly renown. He wasn’t on the earth to obtain laurels and accolades. He chose to be obedient and humble. It wouldn’t be his last act of humility either.
In those few verses we learn all we need to know about Jesus’s early life. We also may have been given a glimmer into the world of parenting.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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