I think much of my life is spent asking questions and then seeking answers—or if not answers, at least insights and clues that contribute to answers.
I think it is human nature to ask questions. The sculptor Rodin captured this in his famous work, The Thinker.
There are big questions.
Why am I here? What am I to do with my life? What is the meaning of life? What is the good? Why is it so hard to do what is good? Why is it so easy to neglect the good? Why do I do bad things? Is there help?
There are more specific questions.
Should I take this job or that job? Where should I live? Where should I go to college? What should I study? Who should I hang out with? What is the best use of my time? Where should I make a contribution? Who can I help out? Who should I marry?
There are the spiritual questions.
God, what are you like? God, what is your will for me? Where do I find truth? How do I understand the teachings of the Bible? How should I pray? How do I overcome these painful parts of my character? How do I find hope when life is hard? How do I forgive those who hurt me?
There are the social questions.
These are the questions about how we live well in culture, in our society, in our nation. How should I think about politics? How should I think about ______________ (insert any social issues you want)? How do I get along with others who think very differently than I do?
For me, there are my professional questions.
By that, I mean the questions I ask because of the profession or calling I have as a pastor. How do people change? What works against change? How do I help people change? How do I help followers of Jesus follow Jesus? What does God have for our church? Are there specific things we should start doing that we are not doing? What sermon series should we do next? How can we help people who struggle and who hurt?
How can we help people ask and answer all the questions in all the categories?
For me, I am a follower of Jesus. For every question, Jesus is my starting point. I always seek to understand what Jesus says about an issue, or what Jesus says about life that may apply to any issue. I then broaden my perspective and ask, in more general terms, what is the best biblical wisdom on the issue-question? Then, I go broader and ask, what have thoughtful people learned about the issue through the centuries?
And I cannot stop asking all my questions and seeking all my answers without one more perspective; namely, how can what I learn be useful to others?
So, what questions are you asking? Are you finding the right questions to ask? Where are you going for some perspective? What are you learning? What difference is it making for your life? How are you using what you discover to help others?
Don’t stop asking questions.