by Sherry Bohn, Entrust, Massachusetts
Questions. They are not created equal.
Who are you?
Why did you do that?
How do disc brakes work?
What did the author mean when she said …?
What was your best learning experience?
Are you hungry?
What do you plan to do this weekend?
What makes the biggest difference in the questions we form? Could it be attitude?
Questions reveal attitude toward others, even if attitude wants to hide. What attitudes could be behind our questions?
I’m the boss and you will do this my way.
I know more than you do.
I want to hear your ideas and thoughts.
I want to help you be as much as you can be.
I will help you prepare to reach your potential.
I want to understand and know you.
What are the best attitudes to have in order to ask the best questions?
Maybe to answer that we need to go back before there were questions. In Genesis 1 we are told that God created humankind in his image. The Bible tells us that “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27 NIV) There are many facets of the image of God. We are created to be like God in many of those facets.
In the image of God: relational
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have relationship. As humans we recognize our thirst for relationship, too. Much of the Old and New Testaments are filled with best practices for relating to others and God. Maintaining a good relation