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In quiet moments, doubts rise. We want to belong, but also fear not being fully accepted if others knew the real us. As such, we live as orphans rather than as the true sons of God.

Orphans are typically thought of as those without parents to care for them. But we all have a bit of the Orphan within.

Whenever we feel the pain of not fitting in and the desire to be plucked from obscurity, we’re experiencing the Orphan.

Perhaps we feel misunderstood and alone. There’s no one who truly gets us – the way our mind works or why our desires run so deep.

We know how to play the part to fit in just enough.

On the outside, we look successful and may even have many credentials to our name. But on the inside, we still doubt our worth and wonder if we’ll ever really belong.

We then find ourselves stuck.

Playing our expected part provides a degree of safety and gives us a sense of place, however superficial. While revealing our true self comes with the risk of being rejected.

We know there is more to us than the parts we’ve been playing.

We are the sons of God and co-heirs with Christ. And we’ve been given a portion of creation over which we are to rule and reign – our kingdom in which we’ve been given the responsibility to make things happen.

But our daily experience feels far from this reality. More often than not, we live as orphans with our souls slowly dying inside.

We long for someone to find us and remind us of our true identity. But we must take the risk and open the door.

Find those who can see and call out your greatness. And live as a true son of God.

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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