Ben Silk

Questions to ask during a learning session.

Taken from John C Maxwell’s book Good Leaders ask Great Questions.

These are questions he asks to learn from others, to find out what they can teach him.

1. What is the greatest lesson you have learned? By asking this question you can seek their wisdom.

2. What are you learning now? This allows you to benefit from their passion.

3. How has failure shaped your life? This gives you insight into their attitude.

4. Who do you know whom I should know? This allows you to engage with their network.

5. What have you read that I should read? This allows you to direct your personal growth.

6. What have you done that I should do? This helps you seek new experiences.

7. How can I add value to you? This shows your gratitude and desire to add value to them.

Life Is ___ by Judah Smith

Even though I feel he has a secret mission to make us all Seattle Seahawks fans, I love this guy. I love his writing style and his sense of humour, he makes reading fun. Judah Smith has a way of making stories of the Bible relevant as he paraphrases them into the lingo of the day. Before I read Life Is, I borrowed Jesus Is from a friend and couldn’t put it down, so I knew coming into the book I would have the same problem. I love that he is raw about where and who he is and how he makes Jesus and the Bible relatable.

The book is centered around the question; what is life about? He completes it by saying Life is; to be loved and to love, to trust God in every moment, to be at peace with God and yourself and to enjoy God. His stories are simple yet profound and have helped to give me a greater understanding of different stories in the Bible and what it means to be a follower of Christ.

One of the habits I have gained when reading is to highlight key sentences or passages that stick out to me and I found myself doing this quite a bit in this book. I encourage you to read this book and then share it with a friend. I am always looking for a book I can give to a friend that may not yet be a Christian and this is one of them that I would definitely with confident and comfortable passing on.

 

Here are some of my favourite quotes:

 

“Selfishness is the essence of Sin.”

“God doesn’t give us what we think we deserve. He gives us what he wants to give us, and he asks us to trust him that it is right.”

“When I die, I want to be known as a man who knew Jesus, enjoyed Jesus, was loved by Jesus, and focused on Jesus.”

“It comes down to this: Do we trust God? Do we trust that whatever he deems right will be enough? Do we trust that he is just, that he is right, that he is good, and that he is merciful?”

“The key to handling the distractions of life is to focus on Jesus, the source of peace.”