My daughter’s are full of wonder. Because they are learning everything, they question everything. Some questions are serious and some are hilarious. On any given day I will literally break out in a good old-fashioned text message style laughing out loud fit.
Yesterday while I was studying the Good book, Sierra and Taylor were talking about their hairpins. These happened to be ladybug hairpins. They were talking about the colors, trading back and forth, learning slowly but surely how to share (thank you Jesus!).
Then Sierra said, “ What do ladybugs do?” I immediately started to answer and then realized I had no inkling of an idea what ladybugs do. Her question stumped me and inspired me to actually look it up on good ole Google.
Turns out that ladybugs are very useful little beauties. They actually feed on insects that harm your plants and vegetation. Some farmers even collect them for the purpose of staving off insect infestation.
Great question Sierra!
Researcher, Rolf Smith, said that children ask 125 probing questions every day. While adults ask only 6 probing questions per day. Somewhere between being a child and growing into adulthood, we lose 119 questions per day.
Children are just born with an innate curiosity. Actually, if I had a nickel for every time they asked a question, I’d be rich enough to have a scholar on hand to answer all of them.
Questioning is how we learn. We process and ultimately possess knowledge only acquired by exploration and discovery. This process betters the person asking the question, and the person being asked.
Why in the church are we (for the most part) afraid of questions (not all questions are productive questions)?
- The younger generation is full of questions; this is how they discover ancient truths.
- I don’t think the elder generation should look at these questions as being a bad thing. It causes both generations to learn and relearn.
- Perhaps in questioning we find out that some truths were assumed truths and not actually factual.
- Questions can actually elevate our faith. Why can’t we do that? Why can’t my prayer be answered? Why can’t God deliver him?
- Take a moment and scan the scripture for the questions that were asked that led to salvation, revelation, and inspiration.
- Many of the scriptural questions also lifted limitations.
- If you are asking an elder a question, don’t ask in an offensive manner. Perhaps this is why many are opposed to our questioning generation.
- Let the scripture be your textbook for discovery.
- If you are an elder and are asked questions on key doctrines, don’t assume that the questioner is challenging your belief. Help them discover the why and the wherefore.
- Don’t ask questions just for the purpose of debate. Keep your spirit right.
I now know what a ladybug does; all because I was asked a brilliant question.