Book Highlights: The Best Question Ever
This book will transform the way you make decisions. I recently read The Best Question Ever for my third time as our Life Group studied it together. Here are some highlights from Andy Stanley’s book.
The Best Question Ever (By Andy Stanley)
In light of my past experience, current circumstances, and future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?
Nobody plans to mess up their life. The problem is few of us plan not to. That is, we don’t put the necessary safeguards in place to ensure a happy ending.
We are good at deceiving ourselves… We can make a bad decision look and sound like a good decision.
Without a stationary reference point, it is impossible to ascertain where you are, where you aren’t, and where you ought to be.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
We rob ourselves when we make decisions in the moment with no thought of how these decisions will impact our future.
The future is what brings today’s choices into proper focus.
The wrong questions:
Can I afford it?
What will the monthly payment be?
How much can I borrow?
Is it on sale?
How much available equity do I have in my home?
Is it cheaper to lease?
Five things we do with our money:
1. Spend it
2. Repay debt
3. Pay taxes
4. Save it
5. Give it
Two things govern how much of your money goes toward each of these five categories: Priorities and Self-Control
God responds to generosity.
Nothing has stolen more dreams, dashed more hopes, broken up more families, and messed up more people psychologically than our propensity to disregard God’s commands regarding sexual purity.
Our greatest moral regrets are always preceded by a series of unwise choices. (114)
To leave yourself no margin for error morally is about the most insensitive thing you can do to those you love. (128)
Top 5 environments in which the seeds for moral failure are sown in the life of a married person:
1) Chatting online with members of the opposite sex.
2) Dinner after work with members of the opposite sex.
3) Working with a personal trainer of the opposite sex.
4) Counseling with members of the opposite sex.
5) Ladies night out dancing while husbands stay at home. (131)
You need to pre-decide about what are and what are not appropriate environments. (138)
Wise people know when they don’t know and are not so foolish as to pretend they do know.
Wisdom seeks counsel (152)