Life comes with impossible questions. Even when we say “yes” to them we are not sure what the real answer is. Our hearts may tell us one thing while our mouths express something totally different. Our hearts and mouths can be in sync while our ability to carry out the decision in the future can be quite suspect. Even the simple answer synchronized with the heart, mind, and will may, in time, often finds itself out in the no man’s land. We just don’t know! We are not certain!
The human solution is two-fold. First, go for decisions reflecting a moment in time. Who would you vote for, now? Can you do this, given what you know as this moment in time? Will you, again based on this moment’s knowledge and the understanding of the meaning which comes along with it?
I find as I get older that my answer to the questions is becoming more and more simple. I am not sure I am any more resolute or clear; it is primarily a function of the ability to understand coupled with the knowledge of my self and the values I hold dear. Life is fairly simple. How does the question relate to my values? Is there a conflict with my priorities? Do I have the will to execute? Is the answer, given everything above, realistic. I will concede I fall into the trap of believing I can do more than I ever end up doing, but that is always the case as one ages. I don’t see myself as old as I am, so why let age stop me?
In this context when God asks us questions the honest answer can be difficult. A statement with a question captures it all. “Everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?” (John 11.26)
The question may seem difficult, complex, and even confusing. In reality it is as simple as a child’s “do you love me”. Our heart knows. Today is our opportunity to answer with action.
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