by James Merritt

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Series: Stumped
James Merritt
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14


1. Part of being a parent is teaching children the basic functions of life such as how to eat with a fork and spoon, how to walk, how to go to the bathroom, and how to read and write. There are two things you don't have to teach a child, because it just comes naturally. You don't have to teach a child to ask questions. There is one question that begins with a three-letter word you never have to teach a child to ask, because it is the first question children always ask and it is ''Why?''

2. A lot of your early conversations with your kids revolve around answering that one question. ''You have to go to bed.'' ''Why?'' ''You have to take a bath.'' ''Why?'' ''You need to say 'please' and 'thank you.''' '' Why?'' Guess what? You never grow out of asking those ''Why'' questions. Here are just a few that adults still ask:
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
Why are you IN a movie, but you are On TV?
Why do people pay to go to the top of tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
Why do we sing ''Take Me Out To The Ballgame'' when we are already there?
Why do your feet smell, but your nose runs?
Why is it the number 11 pronounced onety-one?
Why is ''Charlie'' short for ''Charles'', but they both contain the same number of letters?
If money doesn't grow on trees why do banks have branches?
These are two I am asking right now.
Why does Pluto live in a doghouse and eat food, but Goofy who is also a dog drives a car?
If Jimmy cracks corn and nobody cares why is there a stupid song about it?

3. There are all kinds of ''why'' questions we ask from childhood through adulthood, but here is a question that I want you to ponder today which we are going to address and that is, ''Why is the meaning of life so hard to find when you have a dictionary?'' The meaning of the word ''life'' is easy to find, but the meaning of l ...

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