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Home is a place of familiarity and comfort. And like a warm bed in the morning, it’s often hard to pull ourselves away from. But there comes a time in which we must leave in order to faithfully answer the call God has given us.

Maturity by its very nature requires us to leave what is known and venture into the unknown. This journey changes us and soon we have more life and goodness to offer.

For instance, this happens when a young adult leaves home to find himself. Perhaps he learns a craft, is trained in a profession, or otherwise learns how to be a productive member of society. While living with his parents is comfortable, this is not the path toward maturity. He must leave in order to discover his true strength.

And this pattern repeats itself throughout life and is not reserved just for the young adult.

For example, it might be time to leave after years in the same position at work. To be sure, there’s a place for loyalty, endurance, and simply paying our dues. And certainly there’s no need to always be chasing after something new. But it becomes a lack of faith when we know there is more to us and we simply stay because it’s what we’ve always done.

Leaving is risky. We don’t know what adventures God has in store for us and we know we will never be the same again. But it’s this step of faith that allows us to answer God’s call for our life and move closer to the man he created us to be. This is not running away from problems or our responsibilities in life. But nor is it playing it safe and holding back in fear of the unknown.

Don’t let what’s merely comfortable and familiar hold you back. Courageously step out in faith when it’s time to leave and become all God has created you to be.

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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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