Today we finish The Curious Christian: How Discovering Wonder Enriches Every Part of Life by
This book has reminded me that curiosity is a discipline. One that needs tending. If we don’t tend our curiosity, we could end up being like an overweight, middle-aged person talking about the athletic accomplishments of their youth. Of course we all will age and change, but unlike athletic ability, curiosity can improve as we age.
September is a good month to take the temperature of your soul when it comes to curiosity.
I see truth in this Andy Stanley quote—”Everything in life conspires against our sense of wonder: age, experience, our jobs, even our church.” Last week in my Connection Group someone said, “It feels like I’m always giving, giving giving. All my local relationships are me investing into others. And when I’m exhausted, it feels like investing into what really will by my most refreshing Relationship is too much work. But thankfully, the Lord is teaching me just how important He is.”
I responded: “Not to be too dramatic, but the enemy of our souls wants us to believe that we HAVE to be so busy. That we HAVE to hustle for our value. That we HAVE to invest in others at the very peril of our own souls and wellbeing. LIES smiley face!!!!”
But these lies that keep us busy, keep us from having time to be curious, which includes being curious about God and His world.
My favorite quote from the book is in Chapter 10. “Curiosity is a virtue and a discipline and a gift. It is a trait and a habit. It is wide and it is narrow. It is deep and it is broad. No matter how it is expressed, curiosity brings richness to both our current life and the next. A curious life is a path toward a richer eternity.”
My soul sang when I read that. And then he shared about his college professor, Sam Storms on how we will each have a cup with a certain capacity for joy and worship. In heaven all of our cups will overflow with wonder and praise and joy. “Over the ages every cup will grow in its capacity and will continue to run over.”
Not every cup is the same size. What is the difference in capacity? What a person does in this life. This is why I like reading books with you. This is why I like to take an entire month to camp on a subject like curiosity. Before I read this book, as I said, I thought of myself as a curious person, but this month, leaning with you into the subject? I have grown. My capacity for joy, and wonder, and worship, is richer for our time together.
How about you? What stood out in this section of the book? How has talking about curiosity shown up in your life this month?
See you in the comments,
Next week Kimberlee Conway Ireton will join us as we continue to experience the Church Year together.