My last post dealt with the search for better questions—what questions to ask and how to ask them. Recently, I found a teaching series from Andy Stanley called Ask It.
In the series, Stanley poses a question that he believes to be life changing:
In light of my past experiences, my current circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do?
Andy cites numerous scriptures, but the question seems most grounded in Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Stanley argues that asking what is wise trumps questions about what is right or wrong or what can we get by with. Even nonreligious people benefit from the guidance of this question, but I think it’s even better when we can ask this question from the perspective of a changed heart.
The question works best with areas the Bible may not specifically address. It would be silly to use it with areas the Bible speaks clearly about. For example, I would never use this question on something like theft or cold-blooded murder.
Whether you are religious or nonreligious I encourage you to watch this series. If you’re short on time, at least take a look at the first video.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the video in the comments field.