During the season of Lent, I will be sharing a short post each day as part of the Lent-Photo-a-Day Journey, providing a sort of brief reflection and witness through the journey to and through the cross, to the tomb, and out into the world.
The word designated for March 30th was “Ask.”
I have come to believe that a life of faith, is also a life of questions. I have come to understand that a meaningful life, and a life of purpose, is full of creating space to wrestle with big questions. These questions may not always have an obvious answer, and sometimes they may in fact have no answer at all except for the creation of even more questions. That’s the joy of discovery.
These questions all matter though. So for today’s picture, I think I want to use this commonly referred to photo of Peter Drucker. Of all the thinkers and writers that I have read up to this point in life, I think Drucker understood the importance of questions perhaps more than anyone else.
In order to grow, you have to ask questions. In order to change, you not only have to ask questions, you have to implement those answers and further created questions into discovery and practice. In order to serve, you need to wrestle with who you are, why does it matter, how you serve, and what it is those you are serving value.
As this is Holy Week, I should add that these same questions in daily life are equally valid in your faith journey. But more than that, faith doesn’t mean that you have answers for everything. If anything, you may well have more questions than answers. But deep within those questions there is some sense of trust that in spite of our own understanding, we believe we are part of something bigger than ourselves. In spite of our own failings, we are in relationship with each other. In spite of our human nature, we are loved. If this were not possible, I tend to think all the purpose in our own lives might well wash away.
What questions do you wrestle with? How do you ask them? And of whom, or with whom, do you ask them?
Image Credit: Peter Drucker