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Life calls us to wear many different hats. And we must constantly work toward that elusive balance of serving the world and serving our family. Without giving up our call to the larger community, we must not forget our responsibilities as a family man.

Perhaps it goes without saying that we work hard with our families in mind. And while practically this includes earning a living to provide for their basic needs, it also includes working to make the world a better place for them.

In many respects, our work is how we serve our families.

But these remain two different roles that require something different in each.

In one moment, we’re putting on our cape to offer our strength and save the world. And in the very next, we must shift to provide the tender loving care our families need.

There’s a time to be superman and a time to be Clark Kent – the same man, but with different roles and responsibilities.

And sometimes it’s hard to remember our family doesn’t care as much about the cape we wear all day as they do our wholehearted presence with them.

While they might respect and fully support our work, our first identity to them is not our professional image. Rather, it’s one of husband, father, friend, etc.

We put a strain on our personal relationships when we bring our cape home and don’t fully engage in our role as family man.

But this is not to give up our role as superman as it were. We must continue to fight for truth, justice, and beauty throughout the world.

We just have to remember there’s a time to play each role and not to neglect one for the other.

Show up everyday to offer your strength to the world. But don’t forget to also be a family man.

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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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