Saturday, March 12, 2011

In A Word: Question

My cousin went to a job interview recently and was asked the following question: "If you could have dinner with anyone (living or dead) who would it be?" Apparently this is a clever and fun way to gain personal insight into the mind of the job candidate. I asked myself the same question, wondering what the answer might reveal about me. My answers varied from authors and songwriters to missionaries and people of the Bible.

Literary writers such as Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Charles Dickens came to mind as well as contemporary writers including E.B. White, Janette Oke, Max Lucado, Andy Stanley and Sarah Young. All of these writers found their voice and learned to put their thoughts into written words for hundreds of thousands to read.

Missionaries and famous songwriters were also at the top of the list, including: William Carey, Amy Carmichael, and Gladys Aylward. They each felt the Lord calling them to serve Him not only with their lives, but also in foreign and dangerous lands they had only read about.

Singer/songwriters of old such as John Newton (Amazing Grace), Fanny Crosby (Blessed Assurance), and Mahalia Jackson (known as The Queen of Gospel) also found strength in the Lord to overcome their circumstances and give praise and thanks as they walked through life's trials.

Heroes of the faith such as King David, the twelve disciples, and the apostle Paul were very much regular every day people, yet they had a remarkable willingness to obey and be used by the Lord in great ways. They shared their faith through the success and failures they faced in life and gave all glory to God in doing so.

And then, there's my own family members that I'd like to meet or see again. Great-grandparents I never knew. My grandfather's mother whom I discovered I bear a great resemblance to. My grandma and great-grandma because I miss sharing the latest news in my life and seeing their smiles and hearing their words of congratulations as well as encouragement. They had such a wealth of knowledge in their hearts and minds and I miss gleaning gems of wisdom from each of them!

I soon realized the main reason I chose the people I did was because of the trials they faced in life and the way they overcame obstacles by putting their trust and faith in the Lord. I wanted to learn from them. This brought about a new question. Would anyone choose me as a person of interest to dine with?

I've been through trials and hardships, but has the way I've handled them and the way I've learned to lean on God been reflected to others? Have I done a good job of telling others that while my life on the outside looks great, on the inside it's falling apart and it if it were not for the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ I would be nothing. Is my life one that stands out and lights the world around me in a way that will change the lives of others? Would someone choose me as the one to sit down and talk with over dinner? Would someone choose you?


  1. Wow Amanda! I love your take on the word question. I love how you presented this. I guess we really never think about it. I'd love to set down with the women of the bible, Jesus and my favorite authors. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. What a great exercise! And I love your thoughts on the question. I think I'd like to sit down with my Grandfather who I never met.

  3. Thanks Debra :) When my cousin first shared the question I really didn't have a clue how to answer it, but when I really thought about it God brought some pretty amazing things to mind!

  4. Thanks for stopping by Callie! Wouldn't it be great to talk with grandparents we didn't know? We could learn so much about our family history, not to mention we could find out if things really went the way our parents said they did...LOL!