5 Questions to Ask Everyday

Most families live life at a pace that makes reflection near impossible. Just getting through the day without a major logistical failure counts as success.

But without reflection, we fail to notice drifts in direction. Drifts in direction, if uncorrected, will leave us in places we never intended to go – places where relationships are strained, busyness takes the place of significance, and choices are made out of exhaustion.

I find almost any tool that gets me to pause is helpful. Here’s one (you can read more at http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/5-important-questions-to-ask-yourself-every-day.html):

1. What was the best thing that happened to me today?

2. What could I have done better today?

3. What is the most important thing I must accomplish tomorrow?

4. What new thing can I try tomorrow?

5. Who are the most important people in my life and what am I doing for them?

Asking for What You Already Have

If we’re forgiven in Christ, why does Jesus tell us to ask for forgiveness in the Lord’s Prayer? Why do we need to ask for something we already have? Is our forgiveness dependent on our asking?

Martin Luther provides a helpful thought in his teaching on the Lord’s Prayer:

“There is here again great need for us to call upon God and to pray, “Dear Father, forgive us our trespasses.” It is not as though He did not forgive our sin without and even before our prayer. (He has given us the Gospel, in which is pure forgiveness before we prayed or even thought about it [Romans 5:8].) But the purpose of this prayer is that we may recognize and receive such forgiveness.”

The Large Catechism, The Lord’s Prayer, 88-89