Questions can unlock your future

I used to think that a great teacher always had great answers. Now I realize that a great teacher is someone who asks great questions. The right question at the right time makes all the difference in helping people grow.  

I used to think as a leader I had to have all the answers. Now I realize my job as a leader is to ask great questions. Management expert Peter Drucker said, “My greatest strength as a consultant is to be ignorant and ask a few questions.” The right question at the right time makes all the difference in helping an organization make progress.

Before I went to a counselor, I always thought you went to a counselor to get answers. Instead I discovered you hire a counselor to ask you good questions. Two years ago I was describing to my counselor a challenge I was facing in my extended family as my mom’s health was declining. The situation was difficult and hurtful and I just didn’t know what to do. My counselor, knowing that my dad died when I was two and knowing the high amount of respect and love I have for my dad, waited for me to finish and then he asked, “If your dad were alive what would he ask you to do?” The second my counselor asked that question, tears welled up in my eyes and rolled down my face. I immediately knew what I needed to do. What I couldn’t do for myself or for my mom, I knew I needed to do for my dad! The right question at the right time unlocked a healing path forward for me.

Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John are four men who lived when Jesus did. They walked and talked with Him. They observed His life and recorded their observations and we are so blessed to have access to those four books in our Bible. In these four books we have a record of 307 questions that Jesus asked! Not one of them is a question Jesus asked because he needed to know the answer. Jesus used the right question at the right time to unlock a person’s future just like a surgeon uses a scalpel to bring healing from a hurt and hope for the future. His questions forced His listener to undergo life and spiritual evaluation and brought clear direction for growing forward.

Is your heart and mind open to the question God wants to ask you? Are you placing yourself within listening distance of His voice? What question will God ask you to unlock a window of opportunity or a door of growth or healing that if you ignore, will remain tightly shut? I am convinced that God is persistent and faithful at reaching out to us. The issue will always be, “What is the condition of your heart?” Is it hard and rocky soil, where seeds cannot grow? Or is it fertile soil ready to receive God’s question and His direction? I pray your heart is searching and eager. God bless you.

Hauser is founding and senior pastor, Prairie Heights of Fargo Moorhead. Email jon@