"We always live what we believe; we just don't always live what we profess we believe."
I read that Dallas Willard quote last night and it has been swirling around in my mind ever since. Where is the disconnect between what we profess we believe and the way we are living?
Our true beliefs, the ones that are deeply settled in the core of who we are, will influence or maybe even dictate the way we live. If we believe that God is in control, we will live that way. But if we only profess that we believe He is in control, we will live our lives trying to manipulate situations to achieve our desired outcome. We say He's in control, but we live as though we are.
If we believe that God is a very present help in times of trouble, we won't live like He is some distant God who is unaware of the struggles of our day. Rather, we will live as though He is right in our midst. Because He is. But when our true belief, that one deep in our soul, says otherwise, we will live as though we must rely on our own strength. We will feel alone, maybe even sometimes abandoned. But we're not. He is a very present help in times of trouble.
Today I'm asking myself this question - where are the disconnects in my life between what I profess I believe and the way I live? I would encourage you to engage in some soul searching and ask yourself the same question. As we live out the truth of what we believe, and may it truly mirror what we profess.