"The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out."
The single most encouraging thing that's said to me on a regular basis isn't usually intended to be encouraging at all. It's the statement: "That's a great question!" The person saying it most often does so as part of the evaluation process that any thought-provoking question elicits. The reason it's so encouraging is because it's a cue that I'm on the right track and we're getting beyond the surface and beginning to talk about things that really matter. But what makes a question "great"? I would suggest that it can be captured by the acronym: G.R.E.A.T.
A great question, then, is a question that is:
If you would like to ask more G.R.E.A.T. questions to the people in your life and don't know where to start, feel free to use some of the following suggestions as you grow to be a "man of understanding" by the grace of God!