Is There Another Way to Look At It?

I love how simple questions can change any circumstance. I’ve come to learn that a great question can change your life. My favorite four hard-but-great questions from Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison were these:

  1. Is knowing Jesus better than anything?
  2. Is there anything in my life that doesn’t please God?
  3. Will I live the life God asks me to?
  4. Am I available to be God’s spokesperson?

These questions changed everything about me.

I think about asking great questions and continue to learn more about more how to ask questions that truly help people. Today I discovered another question that’s helpful in parenting:

Is there another way to look at it?

That’s it. This question helps someone reframe what’s happening to them, especially if they feel trapped in negativity, complaint, or bitterness. I think about this question in light of God’s goodness and mercy each new day. When a disappointment comes, I hold the circumstance up to the light of truth and ask, “Is there another way to look at this as God’s goodness and mercy? Have you considered every perspective and every possibility? Is there hope here at all?”

Is there another way to look at it?

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