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Life is not perfect. There are many things not as they should be. And while we should certainly work to make improvements where we can, there is wisdom and peace in accepting the imperfections of life and relationships.

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Life is filled with many injustices, some big and some small.

Maybe our parents weren’t there for us growing up or death took a loved one before we could say good-bye.

Perhaps despite all our hard work we still struggle to earn a living, or we face a chronic medical condition even though we live a healthy lifestyle.

Maybe marriage is not turning out the way either one of us expected or we have certain habits that still get the best of us.

And the list can go on and on.

It’s not that we have a bad life, but it’s far from perfect. There are many things we wish were different.

Yet wisdom reminds us to accept the imperfections of life. Not to settle and become complacent, but to find true contentment regardless of the circumstances.

Certainly, we should seek to improve any area we can, but anger and resentment is the result unless we can accept some things will remain undone for now.

God is working all things for good, but there will remain many imperfections until the story is complete. And the story is not over yet.

Accepting imperfections allows us to live with freedom. We are free to make things better without becoming desperate or frustrated when they are not.

And this freedom allows us to keep showing up – doing the work and engaging in relationships even when they are not perfect.

This is also exposing. No longer can we hide waiting on the perfect conditions to arrive. Things are not perfect, and we must still show up.

Experience the peace and freedom of accepting the imperfections of life.

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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