Have you ever found yourself bored with all the activities you have to do daily? Who has time for courage?
I think we would all agree that the day to day repetition wears us down. Every week it’s another trip to the grocery store, another load of laundry, another school project, another meeting for another commitment volunteered for. Like a gymnast, we fill the day with an intricate pattern of moves. We memorize the scheduled elements and move forward, occasionally on autopilot.
But it’s oddly comfortable, I do have to admit. We know the expectations and how to prepare.
We declare a day successful when none of the proverbial balls fall to the floor. The cereal each child wants is in the pantry. Extra poster board is in the closet for a procrastinated school project. The evening meetings end as scheduled and we return home in time for good night kisses.
But this is not a post about time management. It’s about courage. How does this busyness impact our ability to be faithful Christ-followers?
Let’s start with this question: When do you get your best ideas?
For me, it’s in the shower. Amazing solutions to problems emerge as the water pours from the shower head. The lather, rinse, repeat requires little mental attentiveness. My mind shifts out of overdrive. Space forms. I begin to hear the Lord speak His wisdom and bring His creativity. Fresh possibilities emerge. Curiosity rises as I consider new paths.
Courage then takes the step and blazes the new trail.
Scripture is quite repetitious on the topic of courage. The Lord commanded it from His prophets and kings and disciples. We share this same calling. It requires us to act and to serve. Courage is walking over to meet the new neighbor. Courage is turning a conversation to spiritual things. Courage is speaking the truth in love to a fellow believer who is making bad choices. Courage is taking a step toward a new job to which you sense the Lord calling.
Without curiosity, however, we cannot even approach these situations.
When indifference becomes the norm, courage rarely surfaces. Are you curious about your friend’s thoughts on faith? Are you curious to get to know your new neighbor and her story (not in a gossipy way but a genuine interest way)? Are you concerned why a fellow believer is going down a wrong path? Do you wonder about the possibility of a new career or a move to a new city?
Curiosity piques the necessary interest to step out of our day to day routine and into uncharted territory. When our mind and eyes open to the happenings around us, new awareness births. Curiosity takes our mind off our own issues to discover the needs as well as the wonders around us. Without curiosity, however, I am content to wallow on the couch in my comfort zone. Kingdom needs are insignificant.
How to be Curious
The primary factor in curiosity is to the ability care. The word curiosity is derived from the Latin word cūra. It literally means care. Jesus told His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). When we live as Christ-followers, we act. We respond to the needs around us and take the first step.
Courage is that first step… no matter how uncomfortable it is.
Curiosity awakens us to the needs. When did you lean forward or slide your chair closer because the conversation interested you? When did you strain to hear and shush others so you could ask more questions? What issue or problem keeps you awake at night?
Where is the Lord prompting you to be courageous? As you go through the day today, be especially child-like in your curiosity. As time permits, allow your mind to wander down new paths and consider possibilities.
Then tomorrow and the day after, create the time and space to cultivate curiosity everyday. Be strong and courageous.
Posted by Sharon R Hoover