All of this got me thinking about the questions I've been asking myself and God these days. I don't know if they will help you to understand a bit of my journey as of late, but I thought I'd clue you in nonetheless. Perhaps you have been asking similar questions and we can ponder them together.
- Did I make the right choice to move my family?
- How is my life affecting those who live in this moment with me?
- Should I be working a secular job? And is there even such a thing since all things are sacred anyway?
- How many carbs am I allowed in one day?
- What have been the rewards in my life from serving? Difficulties?
- I often look at Christian television and say, "I don't want to become like that." But do I settle too much for becoming ordinary or blending in?
- Will I miss preaching every week?
- Should my spiritual leadership in the home look any different?
- How do I really feel about my wife working? Is it sexist to think it should be me going out the door?
- Am I doing anything to feed some of the tension/opposition I am experiencing from others?
- Which is most important for me to do - satisfy people's needs or intensify their hunger?
- Why don't ad agencies advertise?
- Beyond any gimmicks, how is my ministry really "different?"
- What am I learning from God directly instead of hand-me-downs from books I'm reading?
- How am I seeking to be transparent about who I am?
- Is it unhealthy for me to like living in a town with so many cool restaurants?
- How will my choices today be remembered in the future? And do they need to be?
- Do I love my dog enough to give him medicine in his ears each day?
- Why do I work better at night and feel like a load of lead is in my head in the morning?
- Is there any intentional "faking" I'm engaging in? Why? Why not?
- Am I addicted to television?
- How can I bless the socks off my wife?
- What perception of life am I passing down to my kids?
- Why do I have a Master's Degree if I may end up not working in the church?
- Is the biggest thing in my life this month really seeing Superman Returns in IMAX 3-D?
- Why do people in my past whom I have had tension with seem manipulative?
- What the heck am I supposed to be doing?
Doubt is weird. It can be faith building… lead to insight, intimac, and good things in our relationship with God. He is not offended or made insecure by our questions. He uses them to show us a side of Himself, and sometimes the answer isn’t what we expect.
And then... doubt can mess with you. You end up wondering if you've made the right choices and how those decisions will affect others. No degree or street smarts will ever give you the foresight that is only gained in hindsight... that is, unless God tells you something.
Anyway, since I didn't know where to start... maybe a few questions might help get the ball rolling.