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When Asante was a threenager, he fell in love with the “why?” question, as most kids his age do. Why is grass green? Why are the leaves falling? Why is the water hot? Why do we have to sleep? Sometimes they why question would go on and on and on… but Jake and I vowed that we would always answer those questions to the best of our ability.
Nowadays, when the kids get home from school, one of the questions we sometimes ask is, “Did you ask any interesting questions today?”
Perhaps more than anything else from their childhood, we hope that they never lose their ability (or courage) to ask questions.
Have you ever noticed that Jesus asked a whole lot of questions:
- Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
- Why are you so afraid?
- Do you believe that I’m able to do this?
- Why did you doubt?
- What is it you want?
- Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
- Does this offend you?
- My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Many think questions are all well and good for children. But asking questions is often harder for us adults. Questions could reveal our ignorance or show our vulnerability. If I ask this question, it means that I don’t know something that I think I ought to know. If I ask this question, people will think less of me. If I ask this question, I may not really want to know the answer.
I have some good friends who are really good at asking questions in all areas of life. Interestingly, they are also some of the smartest people I know. They don’t ask the kind of questions where they already know the answers to, but instead they ask true, honest questions. They want to understand. They’re curious. They like to learn.
These friends also have some of the most interesting faith journeys. They have robust, vibrant, change-the-world-because-Jesus-lives-in-them lives. I have a suspicion their question-asking has something to do with it.
Questions are what propel us forward.
Questions are what keep our faith from getting stale.
Questions are what help correct our misconceptions about God.
Questions are what help to shape the deepest, most guarded parts of ourselves.
Let’s ask the questions.