Who in his sense would not keep, if he could, that tireless curiosity, that intensity of imagination, that facility of suspending disbelief, that unspoiled appetite, that readiness to wonder, to pity, and to admire?
An Experiment in Criticism
I am learning to live more and more curiously. I am learning to live in the knowledge that there is more to every situation than meets the eye. To live in the Kingdom and learn how to live there well, we must become curious. We must become men and women who are learners, students committed to a way of Life that moves at a slower pace than the rest of the world.
Living curiously has made me a better father, husband and friend. When the struggles and trials of life come up—whether they’re mine or belong to someone I’m close to, Jesus has taught me that time is on my side. But only when I take my time and seek to follow Him through a Two Realms and Two Kingdoms perspective. Question like the ones I’m about to share are better handled with a follow-up question. There is always more going on and often the first question isn’t really the one in need of answering. So many of us have uttered these questions or walked along side someone else who—in pain, confusion, anger or hurt—has expressed their heart’s heavy condition with...
Why is life so difficult?
Why does my boss always take out his frustrations on me?
Why do we never have enough money?
Why won’t they return our calls?
Why is it so hard to love my wife?
Why are the kids so hard to deal with?
Why isn’t my life working?
Living curiously, rather than definitively, is a glorious move any person can make. Investigating a little deeper, before launching into a counter attack or declaring some untimely advice, is an act of mature kindness we can offer family and friends around us—not to mention our own hearts. Inviting God into the conversation, escorts you, and possibly your fellow travelers, into a whole new world.
An excerpt from Search and Rescue.