Athlete, Ask These Three Great Questions
1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)
Everyone ought to examine themselves …
“The unexamined life is not worth living.“ – Socrates
In any kind of significant sporting event, strategy must develop. Keys to the game are built on asking hard questions and coming up with satisfactory answers.
Without this pre-work, the contest becomes more like a crapshoot. The outcome totters in doubt. The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare.
This applies to our personal lives too. Asking the right questions and pushing for best answers really get us down the road of life.
Here are three foundational questions that guide my life:
1. What’s the wise thing to do?
- Our current world is saturated with asking the question, “What do you feel like doing?“ But reason, faith and wisdom must rule my day, not feelings alone.
- What we feel like doing is often the wrong thing to do. The wise thing to do is always the right thing to do. This is my better way every day.
2. What am I doing with what He gave me?
- The One who made us has gifted us. And He expects us to make good on His investment in us (Matthew 25:14-30). This is referred to as stewardship of life. I cannot forget my ultimate accountability to God for all He has given me. This question must go to the forefront.
- It is inevitable that our Creator and LORD will ask this question and take necessary action. It’s how He evaluates us. It is incumbent on me to provide a good answer.
3. What have I done with His Son?
- There is no more pivotal question in life than this. What we do with Jesus matters for life … and for all eternity. Is He MY personal Savior, Lord, coming King? My only righteousness, ultimate role model, sweetest song, and Captain of my heart?
- “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them” (John 3:36).
- The Bible is loaded with other life-giving, pivotal lines related to the Son: John 3:16; 5:21,24; 6:27,40; 20:31; Romans 5:10 and 1 John 5:11-13,20.
Reflect: Are you making ample time for personal reflection? What are your Big Three — the personal greatest questions that guide your life?
A prayer to consider: LORD, thank You for filling Your Word with penetrating questions and great wisdom. Consume me with the questions that matter most, for my joy and Your great glory. Amen.