Asking Better Questions
- On August 3, 2022
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By Tim Mullins, LPCC:
Have You Ever Asked Yourself, “What am I doing here?”
In 2009, I found myself living in a tiny town on the plains of Eastern Colorado, running a small business, and dealing with situations and people never encountered before. On an hourly basis, I was completely overwhelmed, causing me to ask the question, “How am I going to get through this?” often leading to, “What am I doing here?” I look back on that time as one of the most difficult, challenging, and growth filled periods of my life. My faith in God truly took root, and it grew as it never had before. I learned to rephrase the question, “What am I doing here?” to
“What is God trying to teach me through this?”
A truly loving parent does not swoop in and take away difficulties every time they arise in their child’s life. A parent often has to allow a child to deal with their situations in order for them to learn the importance of not giving up. It is by overcoming frustrations that children learn that
overcoming frustrations is possible.
God is our loving Father, and as such, at times allows us to struggle mightily with things we do not know if we will be able to overcome. That is how He guides us to an understanding of verses like Luke 1:37: “For with God nothing will be impossible,” and Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
When we feel we know exactly what God is doing in our lives and what He is teaching us at that moment, we very often turn out to be mistaken. Looking back on trials and challenges that we have endured and overcome, and seeing how God has used them for our good and our growth usually leads to a much more accurate
understanding of His presence in our lives.
In the moment, however, our trials often seem insurmountable and unendurable. An open ear and a kind voice can often help us discern where to focus our energies and learn to ask better questions. Lighthouse has experienced counselors on staff, able to guide you in that process. You can get started by calling our office at (970) 413-8998.
Sometimes, things can feel overwhelming. May this song be a reminder to place our hope in the one, sure foundation: Jesus Christ.
~The Lighthouse team~