A book written about ten years ago titled the Knowing-Doing Gap. The book’s premise; in general we all know what we should and should not do, but there is a huge gap between knowing and actually doing. We shouldn’t smoke…but we do. We should overeat…but we do. We shouldn’t worry…but we do. At Lighthouse Network, we call that your Intellectual Creed vs your Behavioral Creed.
For many, to try not to worry is like trying not to think about something; the more we try, the more anxious we become. So we even begin to worry about worrying. Trying to fight this battle alone gets to be so counterproductive.
Perspective…how we view ourselves, God, and the circumstances He allows in our live…is the key to good decision-making. Will you have God’s perspective or your own. Big difference. Sometimes it is hard to have God’s perspective, but the more time you spend with Him, the more time you get to know Him and His perspective becomes much clearer to you. Stop focusing on worry and put your energy in communicating with God. This strategy will help you achieve freedom from all sorts of negative behavior, including worrying. The idea is simple; replacing hurtful, self-defeating tendencies with something wonderfully positive – communicating with your Creator and Savior.
Today, don’t just talk to God…listen to Him as well. He speaks to you through His Holy Word, His Holy Spirit, the circumstances He allows in your life, and through other believers. As you give yourself more and more to communicating with Him, you will find your worry-time evaporating and the knowing-doing gap closing. Your intellectual creed will become your behavioral creed. WITHIN REACH will help you do what you know is right. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts on eliminating worry-time.
Dear Father God, I come to You in prayer with a thankful and penitent heart. I confess that I struggle to find the time to communicate with You…yet I seem to always find the time to worry about so many things that are out of my control. I have battled this worry-beast for years and have made little progress. Help me Father to focus more on You and less on worrying. Help me both speak and listen to You. I pray in the name of the one whose Intellectual Creed was His Behavioral Creed, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children said – AMEN!
And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?
Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me,For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
I like the terms "intellectual creed vs behavioral creed." I often find myself behaving differently than I believe. So then I wonder how seriously I believe?
I KNOW I need to pray and talk to and listen to God. But I don't do it very often. So do I really believe prayer is important?
Head vs heart knowledge.
It's interesting to think of healing coming from the ointment not from effort or willing it to be healed. I need to keep some of that stuff on hand!