Ask questions that begin with WHAT

The better your question the deeper you’ll go!

Read through the gospels and you’ll discover that Jesus asked lots of questions.  I think he does this, in part, because he wants people to be real with him and to take responsibility for their own lives.  One of my favorite of Jesus’ questions is in John chapter 5 when Jesus confronts the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda.  The pool of Bethesda had healing properties and people gathered there to cure their ailments. The invalid told Jesus that when the waters in the pool were stirring he had no one to help him and others got in the water before he did.  It seems Jesus saw through this and ask the man a rather frank question.

New International Version (NIV)
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

I think that’s a great question.  A little edgy perhaps but it gets right to the heart of the matter.  Every day I when I meet with pastors and leaders I try and ask them great questions.  I want to ask questions that cut right to the heart of the matter.  
I repeatedly am convinced that most of the great questions in life are WHAT questions.  Here are a few in my bag of tricks:

What is the truth about this situation?

What is the best use of your time and energy today?
What will you no longer tolerate in this situation?
What will it take for you to become part of the solution?
What rules or traditions do you have that keep getting in the way?
What kinds of problems and crises do you keep attracting?
What consumes your time and distracts you from attaining your goals?
What happens in your mind when you decide to just play it safe?
What most quickly makes you defensive?
What are you pretending not to know?
What is the cost of not changing?

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