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There’s generally no need to change course when things are working and we’re heading in the direction we want to go. But occasionally we realize we’re on the wrong road or that our path is simply not sustainable and we need to find our exit.

For example, there’s a lot of grace in driving on the interstate. We can keep pushing ahead until there’s reason to do otherwise. And typically, there are plenty of exits for us to use when we just want to rest, reorientate ourselves, or change direction altogether.

And there are times to find our exits throughout life as well.

For instance, after years at the same job, it might not be the same anymore, and our soul is now starting to suffer. It’s time to find our exit and consider a new path for our future.

It’s also time when we realize the company we keep is no longer heading in the same direction we want to go. We can bless each other as we part our separate ways.

Likewise, when we’ve been tackling life full speed ahead, it might be time to find our exit and allow our souls time to rest and recover.

To exit is not to quit. This is not giving up, but rather strategically shifting gears in pursuit of a larger purpose. And it’s needed whenever more of the same is not producing the fruit we desire. As such, even when we bring a particular season to an end, it’s grounded in hope that God has more good in store for us.

To be sure, it’s foolish to keep doing the same thing expecting a different result. And finding our exit allows us to regroup and consider our best way forward.

In the end, stay the course whenever it makes sense to do so. And be willing to find your exit when it’s time to pursue more of the good 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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