Today has been full of whining. Me, not so much the kids. Some days it sucks to be the grown up. I'd much rather indulge in selfishness. But what is discipline, really? It isn't punishment. Discipline in an adult should look like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control, humility and grace. What is the point of trying to discipline our children (NOT punish them--I am talking about helping them grow as disciples of Christ) if we haven't learned to discipline ourselves yet? That isn't exactly a rhetorical question, because for me, at least, it is an ongoing process that I have not yet fully achieved. My answer is that there has to be grace for all of us, and reliance on the Holy Spirit to help us. And while being a grown up isn't always beautiful, growth truly is a beautiful thing.