One of the biggest inflection points in my life came when I first learned this truth. In fact, this this truth has formed the foundation of most of what I have been able to accomplish in my ministry.
While at a workshop on hunger and lifestyles a Roman Catholic nun helped the small group of us to understand that if the way we lived didn’t match up with what we thought we believed we were just fooling ourselves. She demonstrated that this disconnect was a spiritual issue.
She then walked us through a number of fascinating exercises to help us discover what we really believed, rather than what we thought we believed. As I already mentioned, it changed my life.
Our lifestyles must align with what we believe. It’s not just dishonest to say one thing and live another. Being real, being authentic requires a lifestyle that reflects our beliefs.
Until our beliefs and actions are aligned we will suffer an inner tension that steals our peace and sense of wholeness. Unless our lives reflect what we believe we will never be truly authentic. We might be able to fool those around us, but we will never be able to hide the truth from ourselves.