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It’s easy to burden our life with many good things. But to reveal our true selves – sometimes less is more. There comes a time to remove everything that is not moving us toward our created purpose.

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We tend to adopt a more is better approach to life.

And this certainly has its place. For instance, we do well to add to our life more awareness, wisdom, and meaningful action.

At the same time, adding more credentials, projects, and tasks to our résumé does not always help us to become better men.

In fact, we might actually need to remove things in order for our true selves to emerge.

It is said this is how Michelangelo sculpted his masterpiece David – by simply removing everything that was not David.

We are God’s masterpiece and he wants us to grow in glory. And this is accomplished by removing those things that do not reveal his intended design for our life.

This means occasionally saying No to many good things.

For example, serving on another committee, a mission trip, or workday are all good things, but might not be our best Yes.

The marble that Michelangelo removed was “good,” but it also blocked the full splendor of David from being seen.

Likewise, in order to reveal the full splendor of our true selves we also have to chip away everything that is not us.

And this chipping away is needed in every decision.

Is this next choice aligned with the man God has called me to be? Does it move me toward my true self?  

What good things do I need to let go of to fully reveal God’s masterpiece in and through my life?

Remove everything blocking God’s created purpose for your life. Sometimes less is more.

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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