Hope y’all have had a great week. It’s still steamy here in Tennessee but that hasn’t curbed anyone’s enthusiasm for all things fall.
We recently had Back-to-School night for Sam, and today I visited Dub and Nate’s classes. I love knowing their teachers and hearing about what they’re learning. Often it’s the nonacademic components that impress me the most.
One of Sam’s teachers tosses a tennis ball around the classroom. The toss is accompanied by a question. You catch the ball, you answer the question. When you throw the ball back you ask a question. The teacher tells these seventh grade boys, “To be interesting, you have to be interested.” Honestly writing this makes me want to cry tears of gratitude. Knowledge of a formula or history fact cannot compare to being an inquisitive young man.
Truly Sam is interesting in part because he asks great questions. His little mind was churning out excellent observations and thoughtful questions at a young age. Part of his irresistible charm is that he’s interested.
However, I won’t go so far as to say he uses this to bless others. Because he doesn’t. He needs to work on being interested in others. Perhaps it’s time to finally implement my wise friend Beth’s rule about interacting well with adults (read more here). Asking good questions of others is an important part of being other-centered.
Jesus said we’d be known by our love for one another. But you can’t love someone well, or maybe even at all, without being interested in them.
So I’m tossing you the ball. Who will you toss it to, and what do you genuinely want to know?
Hope this weekend is full of being a disciple –asking great questions and intently listening.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 ESV