“One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains one forever.” — Chinese Proverb

Job 38:1-3
Job 40:6-7
Jeremiah 17:5-10
Proverbs 14:5-6
Proverbs 15:14

In what do I want to invest my life? Work? Money? Achievement? People?

Do I want friends?

Are friends better than isolation?

Are two better than one? Why?

How close do I want others to me?

What have I done to be part of a group? What have I done to deserve to be out, excluded, expelled or avoided?

Can Jesus teach me anything about the above? Relationships? Why or why not? What?

What is essential for friendship to exist in my life? To last? To matter?

Am I willing to work at a friendship? Despite the inevitable pain? Despite the sometimes taxing efforts?

Why am I working so hard to protect all of my information?

Am I teachable? How well do I know my friends?

How do I get to know them more intimately? Do I want to?

At what level am I committed? Do others know this? Do I say it?

Do I forgive? Quickly? Why not?

Have I asked someone to forgive me?

Do I have sufficient time and energy to nurse a grudge, to hold onto bitterness?

Do I believe love involves sacrifice? Will I?

Do friendships need openness? Will I lean toward that versus protecting myself?

Can I love others as I love myself? Why does Jesus tell us to do this?

Do I dodge confrontation?

Can I submit or defer to a friend? Without resenting him or her?

Could Jesus be at the center of a relationship? Should he be? Why?

Can we lose him? What could we lose?

Is he at the center? If not, what is?

Would I shift my life for a friend?

Can I share my friends with others?

When I confront, do I use a sword or a scalpel?

Will I choose to share all? Of myself? Of my possessions?

What in me keeps me from loving another?

What’s the difference between “I’m sorry” and “Will you forgive me?”

What is beneath my friend’s words? His actions? What does his or her life story tell me about him or her right now? How does he or she want to be loved?

How am I trying to manipulate circumstances? People?


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