Well, yes, I think that's what I've done as well.
It becomes a living faith - faith in action.
substitute talks about the power of the written word. You know, it occurs to me how little people actually think about the written word. And I can see why. Perhaps many say they live by the Bible and have some metaphorical idea in their heads. So many say one thing and do another with no apparent conflict.
There is another forum I belong to where people are continuously saying, "I'll pray for you." And what I see on the board from some of the same folks is arguing and sometimes spite. What a disconnect there there seems to be!
I don't know how this fits but is fresh in my mind: I had a series of infections which wouldn't heal. My Dr. had been raised in Nigeria by Christian missionaries and she was puzzled as to my diagnosis. Finally she decided on diabetes.
One day during an office call she said, "I keep you in my prayers." I thought "How nice of her!" Shortly after that my thought was alarm. Boundaries? Lack of confidence in her practice? Didn't feel comfortable to me and I found a new doctor. This week I got the news that I have never had diabetes.
How the heck do we bring our faith with us into our daily lives without causing confusion and mistaken judgements upon it by others?
I think to tread silently.
Maybe some who proclaim their faith the loudest are convincing themselves?
Random thoughts here.
I do find listening to others to be helpful.