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Some things we can endure for a long time. But eventually we reach a breaking point and something has got to give. This doesn’t mean giving up. But it does mean the status quo is no longer okay.

Of course, some seasons are just harder than others and we’re spread thin. And perhaps we can make it with little sleep, meals on the go, and passing conversations and quick check-ins with our wife, kids, and friends for a time.

But eventually we need time to rest, recover, and connect deeply with each other. And we will burn ourselves out if we don’t.

It might also be the case that the way we’re doing life, work, and relationships is soul killing. While we could continue going through the motions, we’re dying inside and we know something has got to give.

Whatever it looks like, this becomes a moment of tension in which we must decide to shift in one direction or another.

For instance, this might mean letting go of a few things or adjusting our expectations for our situation. We realize every battle is not ours to fight and there’s wisdom in accepting reality on its own terms – freeing us to focus on the choices we can make.

And this might also mean discovering how to work smarter and approach life differently.

Here, we’re able to recalibrate and focus on the priorities that matter the most when we’re able to see our life from the perspective of the larger story God is telling.

Whatever the case, we’re forced into a new way of doing life when we’re pushed to our edge and something has got to give.

And, in the end, while this might feel defeating, it’s actually an opportunity to discover a better way of doing life, at least for this season.

Courageously discover what’s next when life is no longer working and something has got to give. Your breakdown might actually be your breakthrough into your better.

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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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