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We’ve all been part of  conversations  that never go anywhere, don’t resolve differences, often leave us frustrated, angry or confused. Many topics discussed are easily forgotten.

But a few conversations, statements made or questions asked remain in our thinking in a way that distracts us from thinking about anything else. We simply can’t get it out of our mind. Frances Chan made one of those recently-“As you get older, don’t buy more stuff for yourself, go out with a bang.” I will process that one for a while.

Another conversation I had contained this challenging question “Would you like sugar with that?” Guess how long I stayed up thinking about that one?

Jesus had some almost scary one liners. Check out some in Matthew 8-9. “Follow me and let the dead bury their own dead.” “You of little faith, why are you afraid?” “Do you believe I am able to do this?” How about “Why do you call me Lord and not do what I say?”

WHAT THIS MEANS: Examine your conversations this week. Do they provoke a deeper thinking in anyone? Get together with a few others and discuss how you were or were not challenged in some of your conversations. Why would you fear having one or two significant conversations with someone?

Only a connoisseur would be interested in asking how old a bottle of wine is. That is an important question. How old the chef is in the restaurant is, really, not that critical for an important evening out with your honey. But the wine…well, the age would be more important.

Some would rightly argue-“who cares about the chef’s age or the age of the wine?” In the scheme of life, these questions are not the important ones. So what are some of the important questions in life?

We all have options, choices, and decisions that contribute to God’s purposes or our own interests and focuses. We are always asking questions but not necessarily the important ones. Our questions reveal what we believe are the critical or important issues in life. They expose our thinking about life, values and purpose.

Every question we ask (except whether we should get a Coke or Dr. Pepper type), is rooted to something. Matthew 6:33 for example shows what many questions we ask should be related to, . And, when you consider Isaiah 43:7, you have a good foundation for what questions have value and those that really don’t matter.

What are some questions you should ask as you consider these aspects of life: Job/Career, Decisions, Relationships, Church, Money, Use of Time, Where to live…?

Another way to think about this is to look at the questions Jesus asked. Look through a gospel and think about why Jesus asked the questions he did. What can you learn  from the questions Jesus asked?