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In a world full of deception and double-talk it’s often hard to know who we can trust. And doubt and suspicion become commonplace as we learn to protect ourselves by engaging in the very same dance. But it’s when we become brokers of truth that we stand as lights in a dark world.

Politicians, for example, are known for saying one thing and doing something else – putting on a good show to get elected but not delivering on the promises made.

And certainly they’re not the only ones who tell people what they want to hear to their face while pushing their own agenda behind their backs.

We’ve all been guilty of this to some extent, even if it’s just to save face and avoid embarrassment – hiding the truth of what we actually did.

And, to be sure, we still add to a world of darkness and lies even when this is not done maliciously.

Trust is the basic foundation of every relationship.

And when we’re unable to trust each other then we have to get them before they get us, or, at the very least, keep them at arms length. Our life becomes us versus everyone else because it’s too risky to let our guard down with anyone.

On the other hand, committing to being a broker of truth starts to change this dance. As people learn we’re committed to speaking the truth in love, they’re more likely to take the risk of being honest with us as well.

This starts by simply living with our integrity and being a man of our wordWe do what we say we’re going to do and speak truthfully in all of our interactions.

Our families, communities, and society all suffer when there’s not this regular trade of truth, in big and small ways, between each of us.

In the end, do your part to bring more life and goodness into the world by being a broker of truth.

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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