Courageous people are not afraid to ask real questions, leaders also. I’ve discovered in my journey to never try and steer clear from the tough questions. These questions have shaped the church I lead, my character and life more than I could ever have imagined. Courage is not the absence of fear, it is moving forward regardless.
Here are some questions every person should wrestle with:
- Is this all there is to life?
- Why am I feeling dissatisfied in the midst of perceived success?
- There has to be more, but what is it?
- Why do I feel stuck and trapped?
- What worked for me earlier is not working now–why?
The hard part. Often I don’t know exactly what the question is I need to answer, you ever feel that? In those moments I revisit the original dream–its ethos and most of all, its intrinsic purpose. For instance, talking with my beloved wife the other day I asked her to define the ethos of our role as Lead Pastor. She responded, and in doing so, answered the question in a completely new way that opened up my mind anew. She stated, “You and I have always wanted people to believe they could be more, with God.” So true, so true. It opened up a whole new dialogue of thought to begin working on new angles, new ways of thinking and ultimately will impact how I do ministry in this next season.
Most people, leaders, would rather live in denial and pain than reframe their world. Forward-moving people have the courage to bring the haunting questions from the back of their minds to the forefront. Embrace the questions, and move your life in the direction you desire.