Are you a curious person?
If you are, chances are pretty good that you’re comfortable asking questions. You understand that knowledge is something you have to seek if you’re going to find it.
Maybe you ask questions to other people, or maybe you ask questions of books or articles on the internet. Perhaps you look for answers through experiences or events.
If you’re a person with a hunger to learn, you leave no stone unturned. You’re quite intentional about finding the answer you need.
Questions may not seem like an intentional habit, but they’re essential for anyone who is looking to make a difference in the world and live on purpose.
Questions are how you discover the problems that need to be solved or needs that require meeting. Asking the people around you about their lives, their hopes, and their dreams, are how you strengthen and deepen relationships.
John Maxwell learned the value of questions the hard way. When he first started out in his career, John knew he would need people to help him achieve his dreams, so he went to work assembling a team.
He assembled his “Dream Team” by taking anyone who was willing to listen to him—and that “Dream Team” quickly became a nightmare! People drifted away or let him down until he finally realized he needed to ask people the right questions before putting them on his team!
People who lead lives of intentionality understand that you have to go seeking for what you need; you have to knock on doors to find the right people; you have to ask questions in order to find answers.
Jesus told us as much in His Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 7, Jesus says that God’s children make it a practice to continually ask, seek and knock in their pursuit of a relationship with God the Father.
Walking with God means bringing our curiosity and confusion to Him on a regular basis without shame or fear.
Whether we’re asking questions of God or of the people in our office, being intentional about seeking answers is another way to develop solid relationships that help us live life on purpose.
It turns out the only bad question is the one that’s never asked.