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All too often minimum coverage is our approach to life – doing just enough to get by. But eventually we must show up to do the deep work in order to become all that God has for us.

Occasionally, it takes everything in us just to survive. And minimum coverage here is trimming the fat to focus on the most important things in order to keep moving forward.

There’s much wisdom in this necessary pruning.

But doing the bare minimum as a general approach to life leaves much to be desired.

We were not created merely to sit on the sidelines, but rather to be active participants in God’s story of redemption. And this requires deep work.

For instance, deep work in part calls for us to discover our true purpose. What is the work we’re called to do beyond our professional credentials or means of earning a living?

Minimum coverage is settling for a good paycheck and a decent retirement portfolio – good things to be sure. But deep work is doing the necessary soul excavation to discover how our unique strength serves the needs of the world around us.

Likewise, it takes deep work to discover our true essence, to form our own thoughtful opinions, to let our lives actually show the change we profess, and even to give others the benefit of the doubt after we’ve been hurt.

In fact, deep work is needed throughout our life and relationships.

When we don’t dig deep we become like the seed that fell in rocky soil. We lack the depth to weather the storms and hardships of life and we become ineffective in accomplishing the good God has given us to do.

On the other hand, deep work fosters our resiliency and allows us to keep showing up – using our strength to bring more life and goodness into the world.

Don’t just go through the motions of life. Do the deep work and offer your very best.

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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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