Freely asking: how asking questions allows you to dive deeper

so you know how Jesus talks about the new life that we are born into when we return to him as his beloved child, you know that born again term that gets used with people that accept Jesus as their lord and savior, ya that one that means put on your new life and put aside our old ways. well I think that gets thrown out the door very quickly for most people that enter into the Christian walk because we get caught up in the confusing question of how much do we let go of our past. I think most will agree we are not to throw the baby out with the bath water, but what is the mark of what we have to loose. again I think most will agree this is something that it is a process, a journey, a path to be traveled. as much as I don’t like the born again terminology I think it illustrates the journey quiet well, so good job Jesus for giving us that illustration. the new life is marked by growth and that is reflected in the character that is produced, which often is defined by the nutrients that are needed for the new born to grow.
sometimes you just want to throw your hands up when life gets confusing. what I learned is that the old life new life paradigm takes just that. it takes the comfort of being confused not having control and just continuing to walk. it is anew time to trust, but that can be hard when you can not see a rhyme or reason for why things happen. luckily on my journey I was able to make sense with the big life changing things that happened in my life early on like my sister’s brain tumor and losing my sight. but what about those things that don’t make sense like the ending of a relationship or an involuntary traumatic accident. those are the things we throw our hands up at because we can not make sense of the pain. this often results in people separating themselves from god, faith, hope, and our closest peers. there are many feelings and emotions that can explain this cause and one of the things that I have come up with recently is that we fear asking questions.
questions show humility. questions are great they show wonder, creativity, thoughtfulness, curiosity, and many other ways to tap into the mindfulness of adventure. whether it is faith like Christianity or a troubled relationship with somebody close to you, I have concluded that we often fear asking questions. some are the abusive reason of somebody telling you that you should not or are not supposed to ask questions, but I think more often it is a fear of the unknown. not knowing what is on the other side of the door often keeps us from opening and engaging with what is on the other side of the door. whether it is god or a new food that you do not want to try. in the evangelical Christian circle the question what if Jesus actually died on the cross and rose again is often used to challenge and think about how our life reflects the implications of the question. when we face implications then we have responsibility and a choice to make. that is why wonder is so great because it challenges us refines and defines us. we think of possibilities, desires, values, and love when we have the freedom to wonder and ask questions. I believe that this is one of the things that Jesus was alluding to when he was talking about having childlike faith. children are some of the best wondrous creative minds and they ask questions so freely. I was having dinner with a friend and his family not too long ago and his 4 year old daughter asked him when are you going to die. to us that is a taboo question or a question that does not get asked or discussed because it has definite implications on our life and how we live, but we often do not ask those kind of questions because we don’t feel like we have the freedom to do so. I would encourage you to ask yourself what it means to be born again and this does not have to be in the cliché Christian sense , but what does it mean for you to be like a child and to wonder, to ask questions and to be free. It is perfectly normal to ask questions and it is perfectly normal to not have the answers to every question. so go ahead and ask what if…
to continue to wonder is one of the greatest joys of life what kind of questions do you have? go ahead and ask them, its ok. there are no stupid questions, but there are smart question askers. one of them is empowering, which one are you going to be?
go ahead and tell me which one and why you chose it. while you are at it tell me what questions you have

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