Posted by: Larry Hoekman | January 19, 2017

Thoughts for 2017 — ???

Day 2652: Today’s thought – Ask more questions!

Scripture: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” (Matt. 9:28“Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (Matt. 8:26) “What do you think about the Christ?” (Matt. 22:42) “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17) “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord’, and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46) “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Luke 18:41) “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matt. 7:3)

Thoughts/questions: Did you know that the above are 7 of the 307 questions Jesus asked which were recorded during His 3 year ministry? And don’t you think there were many, many more? So why ask questions?

Do you want to do as Jesus did? Do you want to show interest in lives of others? Do you want to be able to deescalate potentially combative situations? Do you like being in control of the direction of a conversation? Do you like to dig deeper than just the surface? Do like to stimulate and initiate conversation? Do you want to make people think? Would you like to be a better conversationalist?

Don’t you think those are enough reasons to ask more questions in 2017? What about asking God to help you create good questions for appropriate situations? Would you join me in 2017 in speaking less sentences and asking more questions instead? (By the way, am I off to a good start????)

Suggested prayer: Dear Lord, I want to live my life like Jesus did. Help me to be a wise questioner . . .

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