Once in a while, it’s wise to take time to remember why we made the decisions we made. It’s not about second guessing or getting down on ourselves. It’s about honestly reflecting on the reasons we decided to do what we did or didn’t do. It’s about reflecting, illuminating and clarifying. It’s about learning from our decisions and decision-making processes.
Once in a while, it’s wise to stop and ask yourself questions like:
Why did I marry this person?
Why did I have children?
Why did I choose this particular job?
Why did I treat that person badly?
Why do I give financially at church?
Why did I start going to church?
Why did we buy this house?
Why didn’t I pursue that particular friendship?
I’m a “why” person so asking questions comes pretty naturally to me. In fact, on most days, my husband limits me to about ten “why” questions before he needs a break from the intensity but he too, sees the value of asking, thinking and digging a little deeper. It’s not always, “Why?” – it’s often “How did I feel when..?” or “What did I learn when…”
If we are to grow in our relationship with God and men, if we are to understand ourselves better, we need to grow as inquisitive creatures. The gospels record about 175 questions asked by Jesus. Inquiries pervaded His ministry and I am always amazed by how masterfully He uses questions to teach vital spiritual truths.
Take a look at the questions that Jesus asked.
It’s good to ask questions. We are to “remember when” and “remember why” and we can confidently move forward from there. Someone once said, “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Do you spend any time, “remembering when?”
- What do you think the benefits are when you reflect on your life decisions/direction/relationships etc.
- Are you a life long learner? Why or why not?
Immediately, Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?” Mark 2.8