the Question Behind the Question
by John G. Miller.
Though it's really a book for
corporations and businesses,
I'm fascinated by it
because of the simple fact
that there's usually another question
behind the question we're asking.
Example: In a corporate world,
an employee might ask,
"Why doesn't our manager give us
enough budget to do a great job?"
The question that should be asked is,
"How can I do the best job possible with
the limited resources I have?"
I've been using this book to help me think
in terms of the girls in our sisterhood.
School is right around the corner,
and you're about to walk back onto your campus.
You may be tempted, after a few days,
to ask, "How come I don't have great friends?"
Let me challenge you to turn that around.
Ask instead, "What can I do to be a great friend to others?"
Instead of asking, "Why do I have such a lousy math teacher?"
Ask instead, "What can I do on my own to better understand the assignment?"
Instead of asking, "How come this jerk sits next to me in history class?"
Ask instead, "What can I do to be a positive light in his life?"
And I've also been thinking about some of the questions
the disciples asked Christ.
In John 6:16, we read about a storm.
The disciples were already in the boat.
Jesus hadn't joined them yet.
Verse 19 tells us, "When they had rowed three or three and a half miles,
they saw Jesus approaching the boat.
walking on the water;
and they were terrified."
Jesus told them not to be afraid.
He got into the boat.
they were immediately on the shore!
(Scripture hints that Christ just PUT them
immediately where they needed to be.)
When they got to the shore, the crowds
who had been following Jesus couldn't
believe He was there.
They knew He hadn't rowed there.
In verse 25, some of the followers
asked Him HOW He got there.
WHEN He got there.
Jesus basically told them they
weren't asking the right questions.
You see, their question really revealed
the question behind it!
They weren't actually interested
in Jesus' ministry on the shore.
Rather, they were into the spectacular.
They wanted to know about the "magic-ness"
of HOW He got there and WHEN it happened.
Their focus was completely off.
And Christ told them.
In the next couple of verses (26-27), He tries
to realign their focus.
As you think about your campus,
your part-time job,
your future . . .
what questions are you asking?
Jesus LOVES your questions!
But He wants you to be asking the right ones.
Consider the questions you ask.
What's the REAL question behind the question you're asking?
We'll chat more about some off-beat questions
from the Bible.
But first . . . I want to know your thoughts about this.
And I want to know what kind of questions
you've been asking—that you're now beginning to realize
really weren't the right questions at all.