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It’s easy to beat ourselves us for not being where we want to be. And things often seem to come easier to others. But we still must be kind to ourselves on our journey forward.

We know there is more to us and we push ourselves to be better. But our many shortcomings are glaring and discouragement settles in as we realize just how far we are from our desired destination.

Others don’t seem to struggle as we do. And is it worth it to even keep trying?

Many times we’re too close to our own story to see the progress we’ve made. The road ahead is long and we miss how much ground we’ve already covered.

Surrounding ourselves with trusted advisors helps ensure we’re interpreting our story accurately.

But it’s also good to fully accept the tension of not being where we want to be and wrestling with this reality. It simply means we’ve not yet arrived.

But this is a place of hope, not despair.

We’re God’s masterpiece still under construction. And the tension we feel is a regular reminder that God is not done with us yet.

There are many layers to our development that God will not rush just because we’re growing impatient.

And others have their own story. We don’t know what has been or will be required of them.

We must be kind to ourselves on the path God has placed us.

We’ve not arrived and there are many things we’re still trying to figure out. But as we live each day by faith, we’re exactly were we need to be.

Be kind to yourself, giving yourself plenty of grace to become all that God has for you.

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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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