Someone once pointed out that there are some questions that can be life-changing if they were asked, if they are contemplated on, and an answer is given. This, however, can be achieved only when those questions are answered with total honesty. If a person cannot be honest with themselves, they’ll have trouble being truthful with others.

So here are some of the questions to ponder:

  • If you knew you were going to die tomorrow at 12 noon, what is the one thing you would make sure you did between now and then?
  • If you had the opportunity to be different, what two things would you change about yourself?
  • If you could have one thing you don’t have now, what would it be?
  • If there was a crime you could commit and know you would get away with it, would you still go ahead and do it?
  • If you found the lost wallet of a person you knew hated you, what would you do with it?
  • If you could be famous, what would you like to be famous for?
  • If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
  • If you could have any position in any company or organization, what would you like it to be?
  • If you were given a choice between receiving great wisdom or great wealth, which one would you choose?
  • If you were given the opportunity to start life all over again, what three changes would you make?
  • If you were told, you had a terminal illness and had one month to live. What four things would be most important for you to do?
  • If you could bring back three people from the grave to ask them any question, which three would it be and what questions would you ask?

There are so many more inquiries like this to ponder. But the big question now is this: do you ever stop, take time to meditate, and ask yourself questions like this or do you wait for it to happen before you decide what to do?

Jesus told a compelling story about ten young ladies invited to be part of a wedding. It was back in the days when people went out at night they carried an oil lamp with them so they could walk safely in the dark. They went to where they were supposed to wait for the groom to arrive. Suddenly, at midnight they were told, “He’s here! Get up! Get to the wedding venue, and hurry!” So when they all lit their lamps to go, unfortunately, five of them forgot to bring along extra oil. So while they were out looking for oil to borrow or buy, the wedding took place. When they finally showed up, they were not allowed to go in.

That’s the same thing that happens to us when we don’t stop and contemplate what we would do in a particular situation. So the question now is, do you already know what you will do if your life and reputation depended on it? – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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