I hope your brand new year is off to a wonderful start. I’ve been thinking about how important it is to ask good questions, and to listen to the answers. Information has become more accessible in the last decade and yet the net effect is more ignorance. Raising deep thinkers is one of my primary goals as a parent, and yet I also recognize my own propensity for sometimes retreating to the shallows. I have patterns in my life that are not only joy-robbing but impede contemplation. So, here are 20 questions I aim to pose to myself and others in 2020?
- What explanation is there for the complexity of life on earth?
- Why is forgiveness such a powerful force to behold? Why are stories of forgiveness big news every single year?
- Why are those big stories of forgiveness invariably tied to Christians?
- Why do secular statistics consistently show that living a godly life is the path to a fulfilled life?
- Why did Jesus tell us to “consider the lilies” as a remedy for worry? And why don’t I do this more often?
- What does it mean to surrender your life to God? If guidance in the Bible is clear, then how can a person be surrendered apart from obeying?
- What does it mean to live into the truth that apart from Christ I can do nothing?
- How do the heavens declare the glory of God?
- What is it in the human heart that leads to striving?
- Can you name a single person whose striving has led to fulfillment? What does it mean when Tom Brady, whose striving has reaped such obvious dividends, still says there’s got to be more?
- Do you believe money can buy happiness?
- How do you explain suffering?
- Why do so many have a Charlie-Brown-kicking-the-football-expectation that government is the solution?
- Why do people hold on to grievances when they know it is self-sabotage?
- Where did you come from and where are you going when you die?
- Where did our concept of infinity come from?
- . What is the best feeling in the world? What is the worst?
- What does it mean to be a person of character?
- What is the purpose of your life?
- In 2030 what will you wish you did more of?
Praying today that we won’t be a society that evaluates what’s truly important at a Twitter level. Praying too that you know the truth of this verse, which reminds us that the answer to all our deepest questions is the same.
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV