Lately, I’ve been asking myself the question, “why not?” I come up with a lot of reasons to say, “No” to things, and many times they are not very good reasons. I think many of my reasons boil down to excuses. Here are just a few examples:
- Hey Dad (any of my three kids), will you play with me? Why not.
- God, should our church do this outreach? Why not.
- Should we sign up for a small group? Why not.
- Honey (my wife speaking); will you set the table for me? Why not.
- Should I invite the person to coffee that God has put on my heart? Why not.
- Should I share Christ with that person I’ve known for a long time? Why not.
- Should I invite my friend to church? Why not.
- Should I go on that missions trip my church is taking? Why not
- Dad (my son), can we go fishing? Why not.
Instead of saying, “Why,” ask yourself, “Why not?” And if you don’t have a good reason to say no, how about saying, why not? If you really don’t understand something, “why” is a valid question, but if it’s just a matter of wanting to skirt around the real issue or being lazy or lackadaisical , it’s a poor question.
I wonder if we are missing out on some God opportunities simply because we ask why rather than why not?
Before asking why or saying no to a question today, think about saying, why not. You may find doors of opportunity opening all around you!