Somewhere along the line, curiosity got a bad reputation. Curiosity killed the cat. Curiosity led Pandora to open a box full of misery.
But, I think this is a good time to embrace curiosity. Curiosity, I would argue is an excellent antidote to uncertainty and fear.
Celeste Ng is a novelist who wrote Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You. Her family motto is “Be kind, be curious, be helpful.” Her son can’t figure out why curious is in the mix. She told him:
Because being curious is admitting that you don’t know, but also that you want to know. . . . that people you don’t know are worth knowing, that they have something to teach you. That learning about them—that encountering new ideas—doesn’t threaten you, it enriches you. . . . That you approach the world as a trove of things to take in, rather than things you frantically, fearfully wall out.
I am a big fan of curiosity. Especially now. This Sunday I am preaching on curiosity as a spiritual discipline and leading a zoom class on the same topic. Because curiosity keeps us open and wondering and less likely to judge and/or shut down. I believe that right now, God is calling us to be curious.
What are you curious about?
Where do you go to satisfy your curiosity?
How might God be calling us to be curious these days?
Let us know in the comments.
–Written by Amy Miracle
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