Your Questions

When you go to your doctor, you want her to ask the right questions. In fact, you should be very concerned if your doctor is not asking you the right questions. If she is not asking the right questions, it would be prudent on your part to find a new doctor. It just might save your life.

Do you ever think about the questions people are asking? Are they asking to learn? Are they trying to solve the problem at hand or get a better understanding? A person’s questions are going to tell you a lot about them. And if they are not asking questions, that should be a concern as well.

Judge a man by his questions, not by his answers. –Voltaire

We are not supposed to be judgmental of others, but we need to consider the questions they are asking. Why are they not asking the right questions? Is it because you are not clear in the information you are giving them? Do they not care? Or is it a matter of competency?

What about your questions? Are you asking the right ones? As Tony Robbins says, “The quality of your questions determines the quality of your life.” If you want to improve the quality of your life, start with the questions you are asking yourself? Remove the, “I wish I was ____,” and ask what you need to do to get where you want to go. Once you can start asking the right questions, you can start working on the solutions.

Rise Up

It is judgment day, and it is your turn. Your Creator will ask you how you spent your time on earth. How will you respond?

Some will say they took this precious gift of life and lived it to the best of their abilities. They didn’t squander their time on frivolous pursuits. They lived a virtuous life, full of wisdom, discipline, righteousness, and courage. They were not without faith, hope, and love. They lived as their God intended.

There are some that unlike the good stewards, who took their gifts and multiplied them exponentially, buried their gifts in the ground and never did anything with them. They killed their time, because they were bored. They wasted it thinking it was their time and they could pass it anyway they please. They may have not done any harm to others, but they weren’t really doing any good either.

And then there are the ones in between. They weren’t totally worthless, but they could have done so much better. Most of us probably fit in this category. Undoubtedly, this is where I am. I want to be the good steward, but alas, I have a long way to go. Gains don’t come easy. I have to fight to be a little more virtuous each day. There are times when I squander the hours away, and my regrets only come too late as the time has already gone by. The only thing I can do is try to be a little better tomorrow, to make up some ground. For the ones like me, the ones in between, its about baby steps. It is about progress toward the top, while trying to keep from sliding all the way to the bottom. One step at a time. One day at a time.

Look around and identify what will move the needle forward. Your phone. Is it a tool to boost your productivity and quality of life? Or is it a convenient means to pass the time and get the day over with? The world has created all kinds of gadgets to keep you from achieving your goals. It has become, as it has always been, the devil’s playground to the idle souls. You have to raise yourself up beyond the distractions and live in a way your Creator intended.

Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives, and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time. -Voltaire