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We’re called many things throughout our life. And while some of them are encouraging and uplifting, many others leave us feeling disrespected and worthless. But, in the end, few compare to actually being called by our true name.

Our parents named us at birth. And, for the most part, this is both our legal name and the name we go by socially.

But it’s not unusual to adopt many nicknames as well.

We might also take names associated with our professional credentials and titles.

Some names we choose for ourselves, while others reflect labels given by others. And both can miss the mark of our true selves.

For instance, in our pride, we might choose a stage name that reflects how we want others to view us. Or, out of false humility, we might wear a name that denies the divine dignity God has given us.

And others might do the same to us as well.

And we can live in these false names for so long that we forget who we truly are, if we’ve ever discovered it to begin with.

But it’s unmistakable when someone calls us by our true name.

This might be our legal name or our nickname. But it’s a name much deeper than any of the masks we might wear.

And it’s a name that reveals who we truly are and brings us back home to ourselves before God.

There’s a sense in which we’re lost without our name. We don’t know who we are and how to show up in the world.

But we start to discover who we are and the role God has given us to play in his story when we’re called by our true name.

There’s more to you than the stage names given to you or that you’ve adopted yourself. Discover your true name and live in the fullness of who God has called you to be.

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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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