We often enter into many different activities without first stating clearing the "why" of that activity. Doing anything without first coming up with the "why" can lead to digression, and a general sense of just simply filling time. Sometimes I fear that most of my life is just this. I'm just doing this to get to the next thing, and I don't stop to look at the purpose.
This is why theology is important. Let me make it supremely clear that I do not think that right thinking (Orthodoxy) on who God is leads to salvation, nor do I believe that right actions (Orthopraxy) is salvific. Salvation is God's action that by grace is offered to us. The purpose of theology is to give you that "Why" for how you do life. If you believe that God is love, then you should show the world God by loving. Theology is behind every move you make, sometimes it is expressed, other times it is implied. Thus, being explicit about developing your theology will correlate to different living if you express that theology and look back to it as the purpose of your life. Don't digress or get distracted from what's important...find the core of your belief and live it. Make it so ingrain in your DNA that you can't help but respond with actions that fit in your theological framework. Instead of preaching it, doing it!
What do you do to help develop your theology? How do you connect your beliefs with your actions?