Have you ever asked yourself, why do I ask so many questions? Not to worry, because Proverbs 25:2 in the Passion Translation says that ‘God conceals the revelation of his word in the hiding place of his glory but the honor of kings is revealed by how they thoroughly search out the deeper meaning of all that God says. Doesn’t searching ultimately lead to asking questions? Sure it does. I have come to the following conclusions concerning who we are, why our lives are playing out the way they are, and what I am able to do about my life and circumstances if I so choose. We know that life happens and ‘to everything there is a season’ but as leaders and influencers power and authority has been given to us to overcome/conquer everything. Right?
In a grammatical sense I’ve concluded there are three types of Christians on the planet; the question mark, the exclamation point and of course the dreaded period. The period has many meanings and uses but I am limiting the definition to: the completion of a cycle, a series of events, or a single action. Another day comes and goes ho-hum and we attach a period to that day and call it good. Nothing changed, I probably didn’t impact anybody with the good news and basically that’s a day in the life of a ‘period’ believer. A little harsh I hear you saying but wouldn’t you agree that it’s the truth? Anyway, let’s move on as I know there aren’t any ‘period’ believers reading this blog. Hope there are because love does hope all things and if that’s you, you’re just one quality decision away from becoming a question mark or better yet an exclamation point believer! (1st sentence ending in an EP) So, now that you’re interested let’s define a ‘question mark’ believer.
The question mark is a punctuation mark that indicates an interrogative clause or phrase in many languages. The question mark is not used for indirect questions. The question mark glyph is also often used in place of missing or unknown data. It’s on the lower right on the keyboard. The curve in the question mark takes in all the info but doesn’t let it go! Many Christians live in the curve of the question mark, always questioning (isn’t that a nice way of saying doubting) and taking in but never releasing or letting go! Memo to QM believers, you’ll never get all your questions answered do your self a favor and move on! And although I did previously mention the virtue of searching and asking questions concerning the things of God it’s quite evident that most QM believers live on the ledge and need to be pulled back in regularly. As the definition indicates there’s always going to be some missing or unknown data in our quest for more of Him so let’s move out of the curve where we get stuck so easily and let’s live as EP believers.
The exclamation point however (American English) is a punctuation mark usually used after an interjection or exclamation to indicate strong feelings or high volume (shouting), or show emphasis, and often marks the end of a sentence. The exclamation mark did not have its own dedicated key on standard manual typewriters before the 1970’s. It’s on the upper left of the keyboard. Just reading this definition gets me typing faster. EP believers have strong feelings and high volume is how I like my music played. I emphasize His love and goodness daily and have very high feelings (passions) to see his Kingdom continue to flourish here on earth. Interesting isn’t it that the question mark is located on the lower right of the keyboard while the exclamation point is located on the upper (room) right of the keyboard. An exclamation point adds to the preceding statement begging the question, are we adding to or subtracting from our current situation? Are our strong feelings and passions for Jesus elevated in our life so that everyone knows who we are or are we still stuck in the curve of the question mark waiting, waiting, waiting? EP believers are passionate, zealous, fiery, and consistent worshipers who are learning to be ‘instant in season and out of season.’ Boring, mundane, average, lethargic and apathetic are foreign concepts to EP believers that don’t have a place in our vocabulary or lifestyle! May I suggest you acquaint yourself with Jesus and let him show you the beauty of a relationship in which every sentence and more importantly everyday ends in the beautiful grammatical symbol, the exclamation point!!!!