Curiosity is an eagerness to know and learn new things. It’s the impulse that provokes within us a desire to know more and be more and better than we currently are. So YES, curiosity is forming us as any virtue would if honed in the proper way.
What is it that makes us want to learn new things?
Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”
Can anyone else relate to this? Without curiosity where would you be? Would you have joined a sports team, ran a race, completed a college application, went to a tryout, read the next book in that series that you love, taken something apart, and put it back together…the list goes on.
Without curiosity, many of our modern inventions would not exist. Thanks to curiosity we have electricity, automobiles, computers, solar power, wind power (well sort of), the internet, smartphones, etc.
We also have broken records, batting titles, honor students, student-athletes, chapters memorized from the bible, great speeches given that live on, battles fought and wars won…
Like any other virtue though, curiosity also has a vice.
Can curiosity be a bad thing? Well…we hear that curiosity killed the cat! Have you ever heard that one before? I’m not sure how it happened but they say that it did! How can curiosity be bad for us? What if it compels us to be curious about things that we shouldn’t participate in?
What do we do when curiosity seeks to get the best of us and lead to vice? How do we protect ourselves from, well…ourselves?
We are so blessed to have a God who loves us so much and wants us to learn about the world that he has created.
So, the bottom line is…curiosity is a blessing! It’s a gift from God, the maker of all good things.
He wants your desires to line up with His, which is why curiosity is given to you by him. His goal is for everyone to know his son Jesus Christ. By knowing him you can have eternal life with him and it’s our curiosity that compels us to know him more by reading his Word and learning new things in school as well as other things such as sports and music, for example, are all great things to learn and it’s our curiosity that makes us want to learn more and more.
God says in the Bible that he created us in his image, to resemble him. Isn’t that amazing! The God of the universe made you look like him. The bible says you are fearfully and wonderfully made in Psalm 139:14. It goes on to say, “wonderful are your works oh Lord” and that we should know this well. Let’s plan to know Him well…our creator God who loves us and sent his own son to die in our place so that we can have a relationship with him. Thank you!
Challenge: Let your curiosity ignite a passion within you, through the power of the Holy Spirit to grow and deepen your faith! How do you do this? Get in his Word! How can we, as a school, better support you in this? How can we help you grow? Use your curiosity to invoke the desire to better your school community by partnering with us to become a better, more fully devoted, community of Christ-followers.