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There are many things we can do and even do well. But sometimes we’re motivated by a deeper conviction – a fire in our bones that must be expressed. And, in fact, there’s a strong sense of grieving our own spirit, not to mention God’s, when we do hold back or otherwise fail to honor this deep movement in our soul. 

Many times, we approach life very practically. And often this translates into merely conforming to the status quo rather than listening to the deep desires God has placed in our heart. For instance, this is pursuing a job in the corporate world because it’s safe and predictable rather than something off the beaten path that makes our heart come alive but doesn’t have the same status in our community. 

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a corporate job and for many this is where they’ve been called to serve. But the point here is simply to discern and not ignore the deep convictions God has placed in our hearts. 

It’s probably not a deep conviction when we can take or leave something without it affecting us too much. But we’re likely getting closer when we find ourselves either getting mad when things don’t take place or a deep sense of satisfaction when they do. And this might be how God is trying to get our attention to answer his call for our life – placing this desire like a fire in our bones. 

As we honor the call, this fire fuels us toward love and good works and there’s a deep peace in our souls, even if it doesn’t make sense to anyone else. And it burns inside and leaves us with deep discontent when we don’t honor it, regardless of how successful we might be otherwise in life. 

In the end, don’t let the status quo quench the fire God has placed in your bones. Let it burn bright as you bring more life and goodness into the world. 

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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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