Additional "Christ in the Cubicle" Articles


It’s okay to have questions.
Published: 4/19/2011 10:13:52 AM



If I had to choose one job skill that makes me stand out from the crowd, I’d have to go with this:

I’m a fast learner.

I don’t even bother with asking questions. I just go and do and, thankfully, it usually works out in my favor.

I’ve always struggled with asking questions. In grade school, when the teacher would ask if anyone had questions, I always thought it was silly to clarify absolutely everything for the slower learners. I remember wishing we could zoom through the work without pausing to bring the others up to speed.

I always thought I was smart for not having to ask questions. Asking questions seemed like a sign of weakness to me. If I truly had a question, I could find the answer on my own.

Now that I’m 22 and a working professional, I often still find myself in this same state-of-mind, thinking, ‘Ugh, do we really need another meeting?’ or ‘Seriously? I have to re-explain it in different words for you… again?’

If "fast learner” is a good phrase to describe me, let’s just say "patient” is not.

But as my career continues to grow, I’m learning that I don’t always have all the answers, and as my responsibilities expand, I can’t just wing it with an educated guess. I sometimes find myself wondering, ‘Why didn’tI ask that question when it crossed my mind the first time? Why was I too afraid of sounding stupid? Now I’ll reallysound stupid.’

There’s nothing wrong with asking questions. And nobody cares (but you) if you sound stupid. Period.

In fact, asking questions is one of the best ways to grow.

In my short professional life, I’ve already had the chance to sit on both ends of the process – the student and the teacher. As I’ve played the role of teacher, I’ve also learned that students sometimes ask really good questions. Questions that I just simply forgot to answer before they became questions. And I’m thankful they asked, otherwise I wouldn’t be doing a good job of teaching.

Our spiritual education functions much the same.

We don't need to be afraid to ask the big questions. It is a sign that we are searching for the answers, that we wantand care about growing spiritually.

There’s no way we don’t have questions. Everyone has questions. And those of us who dare to ask will grow stronger and braver in our faith.

Asking questions doesn’t mean we’re being suspicious, weak or faithless; it’s simply a natural part of the learning process. King David desperately asked, "How long, Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1).

Having questions is nothing to be ashamed of, and asking them is a sign of bravery. The student who raises his hand to ask a seemingly silly question gifts an answer to the silently confused classroom. The young professional who boldly admits to not following a manager’s logic clears up fog in the boardroom. The Christ follower, who asks her Father for help, grows spiritually and lives intentionally in a broken world.

Through faith in Christ we can admit that we don’t know everything, have the guts to ask the hard questions, and sometimes be okay with letting the answers remain mysteries.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1: 5)