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We have a lived experience all our own – an inner truth that no one can deny. And it’s important to hold on to this truth as we seek to navigate the many influences around us. At the same time, we must still anchor our truth in ultimate reality.

There are many who will try to think for us and tell us how to live.

For better or worse, family and friends, church leaders and political figures, entertainers and mainstream media all seek to influence how we think and the direction of life.

And it would be arrogant not to at least consider what they have to offer.

But in order not to be merely blown around by ever-changing external influences, we must learn to look within and hold on to our own guiding principles.

Knowing who we are and what we believe allows us to stay grounded despite what others might try to project onto us.

But our inner truth is insufficient to ultimately stand firmly.  We become a house of cards that eventually caves in on itself when we become our own chief point of reference.

We still need an ultimate reality outside of ourselves to anchor our souls to. And this reality is God himself.

God’s truth sets the guiding principles we align our lives to. As such, we’re looking both within and outside of ourselves to direct the course of our life.

Ensuring our truth is grounded in God’s truth keeps us from being wind tossed by others and from making an idol of our own perspectives.

In the end, without dismissing our inner truth, we must still hold it with proper balance.

Hold on to your perspectives and the things that are important to you. But don’t confuse your inner truth with the ultimate reality of God.

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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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