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Our life is not meant for the sidelines. God has given us each a mission to accomplish – a charge to bring more life and goodness into the world. And he often places us in relationships to achieve this higher purpose. We’re on mission together.

Often we think of our life’s mission individually. What has God called me to do personally?

And, to be sure, this is certainly a question we should ponder regularly.

At the same time, it’s good to consider why he has placed us in the relationships we have.

For instance, what is his mission for our friendships, our marriage, and our family?

While these personal relationships fill us with much joy – they have a higher purpose than our mere happiness.

We each have a unique combination of talents, gifts, and abilities. And, as such, we complement each other and are able to accomplish much more together than we are alone.

How might our friendships advance God’s kingdom and our marriage magnify love in the world around us? In what ways might our family serve as salt and light in our communities? 

This shared meaning not only strengthens our bonds of connection with each other, it empowers us to be more effective in accomplishing the mission God has given us.

When one of us falls down the other is there to pick us up. And together we’re able to keep moving forward.

We’re also challenged and refined by our differences. While we have a common vision, our approaches are different and we must wrestle with each other to find the best way forward. This wrestling helps us to remember and fight for what actually matters.

We sell our relationships far too short when we don’t discover our shared purpose.

Enjoy your life together while also being on mission together.

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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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