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Many men have lost their spark for life. On the surface everything appears to be good, but something unseen is missing. Their inner vitality is gone.

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It would be easier if we could name addiction, depression, or anxiety as the culprit here. But these men do not suffer from these conditions, at least not at clinical levels.

They have steady jobs and relatively stable marriages. For all practical purposes, they are good men.

On the outside, there is nothing to complain about. Yet, when we are honest with ourselves, a nameless weariness and discontent remains.

This experience is often interpreted as a need to redouble our efforts – to try harder to get by and convince ourselves that we are “okay.”

But we are not okay. Our souls are exhausted and frustrated, and we are slowly dying inside.

In time, we become impotent and lose our ability to bring life and goodness into the world. Our work, relationships, and very soul all feel empty.

-Work is just a paycheck.

-We are quickly becoming mere roommates with our wife.

-Our “friends” are casual acquaintances at best.

-And we feel dead inside – simply going through the motions of life, but not really living.  

If we are not careful, our failure to thrive can eventually lead to addictions, depression, and anxiety. When we do not fill up with goodness, what starts off as the absence of the positive can soon lead to the presence of the negative.

As such, the time to start caring for our souls is now, before bigger problems come later.

Whenever we experience a failure to thrive, it is time to Get Rooted.

As our roots sink deep, we can tap into God’s divine power – revitalizing our soul and empowering us to have a positive impact on our world.

God created us to overflow with life. A failure to thrive is not his design for us.

Become the man God created you to be – a man full of life-giving strength and passion.

Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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