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Our inner critic is often harsh, condemning, and must constantly be filtered through God’s truth. But redeemed, it can serve us well – not letting us settle and pushing us ever toward our potential.

For most of us our inner critic comes with a glitch. It has forgotten our original glory and focuses exclusively on our shortcomings and ability to mess things up.

And unchecked, we then live our life based on the lie of having little to no true worth.

But our inner critic is not all bad. In fact, it can serve as a powerful and motivating guide when redeemed.

At its best, our inner critic remembers and does not let us forget our true glory – providing a constant reminder of who God has called us to be.

It’s the dissonance we feel when we’re not living in our integrity or adequately investing in our excellence.

Perhaps we shake our heads at the time we’ve wasted in the past. Or we feel bad for how often we don’t keep our promises today. Or maybe we have a gut feeling that we’re simply playing it safe in life.

Whatever the case, our inner critic refuses to let us live in numb complacency – functioning like an internal audit graciously yet intently revealing our room for improvement.

In short, while it must be regularly recalibrated according to truth, our inner critic guides us in becoming the best version of ourselves.

And without it we’re more likely to settle for the status quo and shortchange God’s best for us.

Redeem your inner critic and let it serve you well on your journey of becoming.

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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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