Asking the question. Its incredible what the power of a communication engagement can do. One question can bring about a decision to enter a marriage commitment, while other questions can determine whether you take on a certain professional career or not. Down to the simplest of questions about how many pumps of extra espresso does one want in their coffee. The weight to answer the question is heavy and in the response awaits the future.
A lot of what we are called to do in our journey as Christ followers is to ask the question. So many people get on the attitude that our experiences are more important than the one across from us, however, I have found, in the process of living life with people, putting some else before yourself, to engage the other person with their life before the importance of ours, will, in the long term, benefit and allow God to bless our life journey even greater than if we hadn’t of asked the question.
Two days ago, I was in an awkwardly quiet conversation with an individual. You know those conversations when one doesn’t know what to say because they don’t know too much about the person, but you always are searching for where to begin. The worst of it was that I was sick, with this reoccurring #Lima change of climate cold., which I personally feel is one of the oldest tales of heresy. Nonetheless, I was feeling the biggest pity moment for my health and just wanted to crawl into a hole and sleep. I certainly didn’t want to engage other people as I could barely hear and my head was nearly at breaking point like a balloon at a six year old kid’s birthday party.
I am learning, that with a question, is always the best. Immediately, the engagement to disconnect self from importance and promote other to a higher position will give a positive return of investment. I realized that in asking the question, I was able to listen. In the asking, I heard, and in the asking, I learned more about the lives of other people, the pain, the joys, and the passion. Asking the question warrants authentic ministry actively displayed to bring unity. Asking the question provides the opportunity to be apart of changing the world.
Just like Joseph, when in jail, wrongly accused and publicly, sentenced, he never focused on self. He could have wallowed around in the pool of reflective pity, moaning about the circumstances of his current situation, and focusing on the pain of his inner torment. Instead, upon seeing the sad and distraught faces of the cup bearer and bread maker, Joseph asked the jail keeper the question. Joseph took focus off of himself and his situation, and asked with passion and love for the others, about what was wrong.
He asked the question. He was interested. He cared and showed compassion for others. In this simple act of asking, Joseph's future was changed as his ability to intereupt dreams of others in that jail cell was the key to his freedom. Years later, the recollection of this man in jail that could tell dreams brought Joseph to the throne of the Pharoah.
All because of the question. So, dare to ask. Dare to love Dare to show compassion on those before casting judgement. We change change the world and allow God to move in greather ways than ever imagined.