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Much of life is lived on autopilot. We move from one thing to the next without much attention to our inner world. But the vitality of our soul depends on regularly looking beneath the waterline of our life.

We work hard to provide for our families and regularly carve out time for date nights and family vacations. We’re there whenever a friend is in need and volunteer frequently at church.

On the surface, we’re good guys. And we’re often left frustrated and confused when others still seem to want more from us.

Typically, we redouble our efforts to do more. But this desire is rarely for more activity. Rather, it’s a desire for more being. 

We have to go deeper than our surface activities and into the depths of our very being – a difficult journey few commit to.

Who am I? 

What motivates me? 

Where do I find meaning in life? 

In short, to go deep we must be willing to self-reflect on who we are and the story God has called us into.

For many this seems like an unnecessary luxury – great for some, but not something needed in everyday life.

And this is true at least in terms of practical survival needs. Deep thoughts and contemplation do not necessarily put food on our table or a roof over our heads.

At the same time, life is more than just food, shelter, and clothing.

To discover all that God has for us requires us to go beneath the waterline of our lives – leveraging the full weight of our being to impact the world for good.

Staying on the surface we remain shallow and impotent – powerless to generate more life and frustrating those in relationship with us. We cannot give them the more they desire.

Go beneath the waterline and bring your deep and wholehearted presence throughout your life and relationships.

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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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