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There is joy in watching a good game. To see others perform and excel in their craft is truly awe-inspiring. But we must do more than simply watch. To live by faith is to get off the sidelines and find our own field to show up and play.

Of course, not everyone has what it takes to be a professional athlete. And being a spectator is often the best we can do here.

This doesn’t stop us from enjoying the game. In fact, we can still talk for days on end about the impressive skills demonstrated and the hard earned wins pulled out at the last minute.

And, to be sure, part of us comes alive to witness such mastery and prowess on display.

And at its best watching others is inspiring

At the same time, we’re called to much more than simply spectatoring. We’re to be so inspired that we’re also moved to show up and play with equal passion on our own field.

Whether at work or in our relationships, we engage the fullness of our strength in order to win – bringing more life and goodness into the world.

It’s not enough to be merely entertained as we watch others live their life – whether it’s getting caught up in the latest social and political drama, or living vicariously through public figures and social media followers.

It’s one thing to watch, learn, and be motivated by the stories of others. But we neglect the responsibility to our life when we’re simply consuming what others offer and not living our own life to the full.

And, in the end, we become impotent couch potatoes when we stay on the sidelines of life.

Don’t stay on the sidelines. Get in the game and play your part bravely. Your presence and strength is desperately needed.

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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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