Powerful questions are one of my favorite coaching tools….and that my friends is a powerful question. In Christian Coaching by Dr. Gary Collins powerful questions are described as thought-provoking questions that stimulate fresh thinking, lead to new insights, clarify issues and challenge us to explore innovative possibilities. They often catch a person off guard and cause her to stop and think. You may even have been twirling that question around the back of your mind as you kept reading. And if you haven’t been, you need to be because I’m asking YOU – how do you want your life to be different a year from now?
What you may not realize is that your answer to the question (or lack thereof) will reveal much about your current situation and not just the state of your mind but also the state of your heart.
Possible answer: I have no idea!
What that may reveal: I’m am so ________ (insert your own adjective…busy…crazy…stressed) that I’ve never really thought about it.
What you need to know: If you are not heading anywhere, then that is exactly where you will end up. Friend, take some time to think this over and ask God about it. Don’t let the years tick off the calendar never knowing where you are headed or who you want to become. Take some time for YOU to figure this out and then take steps to move in that direction even if you feel like you are moving in slow motion.
God’s truth: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 He has a plan and YOU are a part of it.
Possible answer: I just want to feel less ________ (stressed, worried, scared, unsure). Or the opposite…I would love more _______ (peace, happiness, fulfillment).
What that may reveal: I am burdened right now. I long for escape, a different life, an answer to my problems, hope.
What you need to know: There is HOPE for you! And the best news is that some of those feelings can be overcome or achieved even while your circumstances are exactly the same. God’s promise is that He will do the heavy lifting and we need only to do our part. You can read more about that here.
God’s truth: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 While it may feel like you are being crushed (perhaps even just by the drudgery of daily life, laundry, work, etc.) KNOW that God is working good for you through ALL circumstances.
Possible answer: I think I might have an idea but I can’t bring myself to say it out loud. What if people make fun of me…don’t believe I can…don’t support me. I don’t know if I’m capable of it.
What that reveals: God is at work and YOU are listening…open…willing to think about taking some risks and living the life He made you to live. That’s exciting!
What you need to know: You are on the right track…keep pressing in! There is something God is whispering into your heart and if it’s from Him then it’s meant to be. It doesn’t matter what your weaknesses are or what how much of the picture you can see. Just keep taking steps forward, one at a time and you WILL get there.
God’s truth: Yet she did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in her faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20-21 God’s promises are for you and he cannot break them. The promises in the verses above will be upheld! He is constant, good and faithful. You can proceed with him in full trust.
I have two fantastic resources to share on the subject of where God may be taking your life and how to wrestle through the figuring it out and making it happen. I’ve read them both. Not only are they easy reads but they are full of wisdom and truths that are very applicable to our daily lives.
Leave a comment below if you are feeling brave…tell us HOW you would like your LIFE to be DIFFERENT one year from NOW!