It is often said that “actions speak louder than words.” So it is with the matter of worship.
Many claim to worship a God of love, for instance. Examine their actions, however, and it quickly becomes clear that: (1) they either do no truly worship that God consistently or (2) they worship Him imperfectly.
Ill-tempered reactions, for instance, reveal either: (1) that a man worships something other than a God of love (“idols” as it is put in the Christian bible) in the moment of indiscretion or (2) that he has not yet found in himself the means by which he might accurately clothe his love for the God of love he professes to worship.
I imagine that most would claim to be of the latter caste and attribute any transgressions to imperfect faith rather than seeing that the God of love was abandoned for the momentary worship of idols. It’s more palatable that way, but is it true?
Worship, of course, is the highest form of attention. Attention can only be focused in one direction at a time and that which you worship lies at the center of your attention. If you are consumed by grief, resentment, greed or any number of other similarly-rooted ill spirits, you are in that moment focusing your attention and dare I say, your worship on that which is inconsistent with a God of love.
Your actions declare the nature of your worship more so than your words. The way you treat yourself, the manner in which you deal with others, the means by which you handle the details of the circumstances which come your way all give indisputable evidence of that which you worship on the balance.
You can no more focus your worship by declaring ad nauseum “I believe that…” than can a sales person better himself by repeating in front of a mirror “I am an excellent salesperson.”
The proof of the pudding is in the eating; the proof of worship is in the doing.