Discipline of Joy

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
—Psalms 32:8 (NRSV)

My boys hate to be d. I guess, probably, most kids don’t like to be d. But we do it as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc…because we the kid we are disciplining. Right? We do it because we want them to live the best and to make the wisest decisions. So we lovingly guide them, but not only when they need . Especially when they are younger – but even as they get older we lovingly guide them. When they need help, when they need , when they need to make decisions, when they are ing, and more. We do this when they are young, but we also do this as they get older.

I will never forget being a full fledged adult in college my freshman year. I was standing in the laundry detergent aisle because I had ran out of clean clothes and needed to do laundry. I ed my mom to her what kind of detergent we are supposed to use, ha! My mom lovingly told me what she uses, but that I could use whatever I chose to use.

Often in we need to guide us. Okay. All the time we need to guide us. All the time we should be in communion with and be seeking instruction from Him because He desires amazing things for us. I the ending of this passage in this version, “with my eye upon you.” is always looking after us. is always with us even when we don’t think He is or feel Him. My favorite quote in : “When nothing appears to be happening; something is happening. Because in the ing; is working.” How true!