Friday, January 9, 2015
Ask It by Andy Stanley
Note: this is an updated and revised edition of The Best Question Ever.
Have you been faced with a decision and were not sure how to proceed? Are there more than one option to a question facing you? Wouldn't it be nice to have a way to determine the correct choice?
In his book, Ask It, Andy Stanley shows that there is such an option in the form of this question: is it wise? By asking this question a person will be confronted, not with what is right, but more so to what is best.
The importance of this difference is this: it may not be wrong to eat chocolate cake but if I am trying to lose weight, is it wise? No, it is not. Notice the difference? One addresses the ethical aspect while the other addresses the ramifications.
That is the underlying theme of what is discussed; thinking long term. Wisdom seeks to make decisions that are best, not only for the present, but also for the future. Ask It does an excellent job at laying the foundation to the reader that a life of wisdom is greatly preferred to a life of pragmatism.