ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.

asking the right question

The story is told about a newcomer in a certain village who wanted to know the folks in the vicinity. He shuffled across to the town square and met an old, wrinkled man walking slowly with a pet dog – a mean looking German shepherd.
Gleefully he asked the old man, “Does your dog bite?” The old man replied pronto, “Nope.” So the newcomer reached out to pet the dog and it practically lunged at his reaching arm, almost ripping it off. Tending his wounds with his coat, the newcomer in a whimper asked the oldie, “I thought you said your dog don’t bite man!” The old man answered dryly “that ain’t my dog.”
I remember the first day I read this story, I laughed and laughed at the incident that ensued. Then, reflecting on it later, I realized the immense lesson from the anecdote. Namely, that when we fail to ask the right questions we are liable to get not only a flimsy answer but we can even get ourselves hurt in the process. I also realized I was guilty of asking unnecessary questions often. Before reading this story, I never took a serious approach to asking the right questions, but now I’m learning to think well and ask only questions that will truly make sense and elicit useful responses.
This is a lesson we can apply to every aspect of life. In our society where most things and most people prefer to move on a fast lane, it’s hard for many to slow down and think things through before acting. We can take a slice from this story and bring ourselves to slow down and think things through, pray things through before moving ahead. It will indeed save us a great deal of trouble when we do so. I’m sure the newcomer’s story won’t have been so fatal if he’d thought better and asked just one vital question first – “Sir, is this your dog?” Asking this question would have changed his lot drastically, for the better.
We can ask God from now to give us minds that are sharp and active yet very thoughtful so we do not make careless, hapless mistakes we could have avoided and so we can ask the right questions and pray the right prayers. Again, we have the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Let’s not waste any of God’s gifts to us.
God bless you.

A Friend.

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4 thoughts on “ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.

  1. I’d take this slice with me “We can ask God from now to give us minds that are sharp and active yet very thoughtful so we do not make careless, hapless mistakes we could have avoided and so we can ask the right questions and pray the right prayers”.
    when making decisions become tedious, one right question can work magic

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