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Some things come natural to us, while we struggle with others. And while it’s tempting to focus on our shortcomings, often it’s better to invest in our excellence – the unique strengths God has given us.

We each have something we do well – something we excel at above others. But this also means we’re not good at everything.

For instance, not everyone is good at fixing cars, leading, or listening empathically to the problems of others. But some of us are.

Naturally, part of us wants to grow and improve in those areas we don’t do well.

And many times this is an expression of our ongoing maturity. We can challenge ourselves and grow in many new areas.

However, sometimes in the name of growth, we’re actually responding more to the pressure of who we think we should be. For instance, I should be more assertive or proficient with our finances.

We then feel guilty for not living up to these expectations. And we keep trying harder, but it only leads to more frustration.

We’re not good at everything and there’s wisdom in accepting this – not as an excuse to neglect responsibilities but rather as good stewards of the strengths we do have.

For example, we have the responsibility to file taxes every year. But we might wisely choose to hire an accountant if we know numbers quickly overwhelm us.

This is not giving up. It simply recognizes our human limitations.

And it also frees us to invest in those areas God has uniquely equipped us for.

We’re freed to offer the fullness of our strength when we’re not drained trying to meet the expectations of who we think we should be.

Invest in the excellence God has given you and allow others to serve you with theirs.

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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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