We are in the process of being perfected. We all vacillate several times a day from one false God to another, to find our sense of worth and significance. When it comes to sin, we are all on a level playing field. We are never “good” or in a state of sinlessness. Our only goodness comes from God. On our own we have nothing to be proud of or take credit for. Understanding this allows us to be humble with our children. We can admit that we don’t always get things right. We can sympathize with their struggle with sin. We are not above it. We struggle every day and we need to depend on God for his help. We know God accepts us in our struggle and we accept ourselves. This leads to humility. And it leads to being able to accept our children when they fail. Acceptance enables our children to humbly admit their sin and turn to God for help rather than deny their sin. Children only feel safe to be humble when they know they will be treated with grace when they fail. Spiritual growth happens when we face our sin humbly and honestly.