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Whatever we eat will have some impact on us, as there’s truth to the saying we are what we eat. And this is not limited to just physical food. Inputs matter wherever our souls are being influenced.

For instance, parents might spend a lot of time considering what school to send their kids to – often making housing decisions based on local school districts. Parents know not all schools are equal and they want to input their child with the educational experiences they deem to be the best.

Decisions regarding college and professional affiliations follow a similar motivation. We want to surround ourselves with the best possible inputs to set ourselves up well for all our future endeavors.

But this need doesn’t stop once we graduate or land our ideal job.

In big and small ways, the things we take in influence us throughout our life and relationships.

For example, when we’re surrounded by negativity and those focused only on the worst of humanity, we tend to see life in the same way – becoming ever more angry, anxious, and depressed ourselves.

It’s not that we have to ignore the bad things happening in the world. But it shapes our souls toward despair when we feast on such inputs all day everyday.

Like our diet with food, it’s good to have well-balanced meals. We’re not consuming just the things we want to hear. But we’re not merely settling for the easy junk food we’re bombarded with either.

Well-balanced meals help to shape our souls and allow them to thrive.

Consider the many inputs you’re allowing into your heart and your mind and filter accordingly. These inputs matter in the shaping of your soul and your ability to 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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