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Are you at odds with how your life is going? If you are feeling more disappointment than energy for life, you could benefit from pausing to examine your direction.
You can make peace with your life even when you are experiencing frequent discouragement. Disappointment can show up in a lot of ways:
- Loss of a loved one or job
- Inability to get on the same page with your spouse
- Consistent effort followed by consistent setbacks or rejection
- Lack of opportunities to connect with others
All of these can impact your sense of your identity, or who you are. Loss, stress, rejection, isolation are serious enough to cause a person to enter into self-doubt. When you start doubting your identity, you open yourself up to all kinds of trouble.
My life work for the past three years has been to study, write about, and teach the significance of knowing your identity.Your identity comes from God and is secure with God. To know yourself as God made you is to know more about God. Click To Tweet
I focus so much on identity because knowing who I really am provides the reassurance I need. Without reassurance, life’s disappointments would overwhelm me.
How are you doing? Maybe you are finally prepared to make a course-correction. Would you like some help to assess your current place in life? Start with the guest post I wrote on Lori Schumacher’s blog. Then, if you have any questions, comment below so we can discuss how to find the positive and make peace with your life, even when a lot of negative is happening.
Matt Pavlik is a licensed professional clinical counselor who wants to see each individual restored to their true identity. He has more than 20 years of experience counseling individuals and couples at his Christian counseling practice, New Reflections Counseling. Matt and Georgette have been married since 1999 and live with their four children in Centerville, Ohio.