Wednesday, October 10, 2018

May I Ask You A Question?

I tend to ask a lot of questions.

Perhaps it's from my personality. Or maybe it's from years of illness, when I spent hours a day just thinking. Maybe it's the writer in me, always asking: "Why, what, when, where, how?" Or perhaps it's from being trained as a life coach....

It's probably all of these factors - that leave me with more questions than answers, pretty much every day.

Do you ask a lot of questions? If so, you understand what I'm talking about. But if not, I know you do ask some questions. Think about the questions you often ask. Do you ask yourself questions? Do you ask God questions? Do you feel like your questions are answered more often than not? Or does it seem like they just go on being unanswered?

(I did warn you that I ask a lot of questions, lol.) =)

Questions actually play a vital role in our lives...

*They open the way for communication.
*They cause us to think, to consider, to evaluate, and to make decisions.
*Questions bring to life possibilities.
*Questions remind us that we aren't perfect, and we don't know it all.

What else do you think questions do in your life?

So why am I going on and on about questions? Good question. =)

Here's today's revelation for me: You can't have an answer, without first having a question.

I like answers. I like to know what's true, what's the right thing, what's the best path, etc. But I won't necessarily know those things until I ask some questions.

I think the challenge for us is learning to ask the best questions. How do we get beyond the surface questions? How do we move past the visible things to the real heart issues? Where do we get the courage we need to ask what it is we really want to know?

I think the easy answer is that learning to ask the best questions is a process. When I first started life coaching, I had a few good questions I knew to ask. Then I would talk with experienced life coaches, and I was amazed at some of the questions they asked. They had developed the skill of learning to ask the best questions. And they were able to help people experience the transformation they wanted in their lives.

Learning to ask questions - to ourselves, to others, and to God - is a process. Thankfully the Holy Spirit is our Counselor, and He helps us. It's a good thing too, because in the process of asking questions...

I usually learn some things I didn't necessarily want to know.
I may not get answers to certain things I ask.
I don't always like the answers I do get.
I often end up with even more questions than when I started.

...but if I don't ask, then I won't learn, and I won't get any answers, and I probably won't experience the change and transformation I really do want in my life.

Questions are a tool God has given us, to be used with humility, openness, curiosity, patience, and courage.

So in case you haven't noticed yet, this post is really more about asking you a question than giving you an answer. =)

What do you desire most?
Who do you want to be one year from now?
What holds you back from asking the questions that stir in your soul?

Are you ready to start asking questions?
or
Are you willing to keep waiting for answers you've sought?
or
Are you enjoying the process of asking, learning, waiting, and being transformed?

Wherever you are today, I hope this post causes you to think. I hope it leads you to ask questions, and keep asking, and keep seeking...and see God do more than you ever thought possible.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
-Jesus (Matthew 7:7-8)

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