Creating Curiosity

I know with school getting out and summer upon us, many of us create time for vacation to rejuvenate and regain perspective on our life. 

Spiritually, relationally, and recreationally, we all crave moments where we can play, do what we love with the people we love, and have the most epic summer ever.

Most of us will utilize Google to satisfy our curiosity for the best places to visit, eat, and play as we seek to enjoy our summer to the fullest.

Curiosity is the driving force that enables us to explore and experience our God-given passions and dreams.

So, let’s take a moment, and dwell on God’s original design for making mankind curious, and how this can fuel our creativity, destiny, and pursuit for excellence.

Created With Curiosity

I believe God has innately made us curious to explore the depths within each other, our environment, and ourselves. 

Ultimately, curiosity is tied to His command in Genesis that we would be fruitful and subdue the earth.  If man did not have the capacity for curiosity, he would have nothing to drive him to explore the world around him, so that he could subdue it.

Certainly, Adam and Eve’s curiosity got the best of them when they ate of the forbidden fruit, but that still did not stop God giving them the capacity for curiosity even though He already knew that they would disobey His command.

God made us with the capacity for curiosity so that we would explore the options and choose wisely, growing in innovation through ideas and dreams.

Deterrents To Curiosity 

If curiosity is such an important component or God’s creative design of man, why is it too often missing from our lives?  More importantly, how are we able to cultivate our curiosity to become and accomplish all that God desires for us?

Culture 

As I watch my four-year-old granddaughter Brielle swim in our pool and play make believe, her energy is charged because of the curiosity in becoming Rapunzel escaping her evil pursuers, or saving My Little Pony from the Sharks.  As we play along, we are nurturing her curiosity and creativity to explore and expand, and yes, we look like adult weirdoes, but that is half the fun!

Yet, what happens when she goes to school, and culture teaches her that curiosity and creativity are not important, but rather doing what she is told, and answering only what the textbooks teach?

Even if she gets involved in athletics or a creative arts program, she mostly has to perform and follow what the experts say is good, which can diminish her curiosity to be different or creative in a new way not yet found.

Later on, she may find out in grade school that certain clothes, body types, or personalities are more popular than others, and begin to dislike who she authentically has been created to be. 

Curiosity and creativity can get buried underneath the need to be accepted and to be like everyone else. This may have happened to you in school, and now you are fighting to find your own voice.  It’s time to get curious.

Religion

As Jesus walked amongst the people and ministered, his anger surfaced because of the religious leaders, whose man-made rules and exacting regulations had misrepresented the Father’s heart.

As Jesus asked people questions, spoke in parables, and healed the sick, He was turning on their switch of curiosity about God’s nature and His care for them. He creatively broke through religious systems to fight for people’s right to choose for themselves, and to become curious about having a relationship with a loving Father.

Many of us have grown up in churches, where the pastor does all the thinking for us, implying that we are just dumb sheep, and to do just what is expected. Often, church is so predictable that being curious or creative can be highly offensive or taboo because of fear of offending God or others. 

I love how the Wesley brothers started to use songs in the late 1700s that transformed popular bar tunes, inspiring un-churched people to sing along while becoming curious about the deep truths of scripture. 

It’s time we became curious in church about why we do the things we do, and whether we are just following tradition for tradition’s sake.  

Cultivating Curiosity

Here are 3 tips that will help you go to the next levels of curiosity to become the most creative you possible.

WOW moments

Kevin, my husband and I, just took a trip from Ventura to Monterey, visiting beautiful beaches along the way.  So many times, we both had a “wow” moment, where the beauty of water, sand, and cliffs took our breath away.  

This “wow” factor continued as we had great dining experiences and visited art galleries in Carmel.

To get a wow moment, we had to get out of the norm, getting curious about new experiences that were available to us along the way.  Think about how you might get out of the norm this week.

WHOA moments

Horse riders use the term, “whoa” when signaling for the horse to stop because of danger, direction change, or to settle down.

In the same way, God gives us signals like “Aha” moments, where we need to stop and observe the significance of the moment.

Last week, I had a “whoa” moment, when I was painting with Simon Bull, who is a world-class artist in Carmel, Ca. As I painted with him in his studio, I realized God’s hand was launching me to broaden my painting style, as this master artist challenged me to explore various techniques that I had not considered before.

“Whoa” moments are beyond our ability to orchestrate, and they are right from the Father’s desires to bless us.  

Think about the moments in your life, where time, in a sense stood still, and God blessed you beyond your ability to comprehend (1 Corinthians 2:9).  Look for opportunities to stop this week to discover new ways of expressing yourself.

WONDER moments 

I was having another “Whoa” Moment when I was painting with Simon Bull for the Tree of Life Church in Monterey, California during worship.

At the end of service, after Kevin and I spoke, we were going after words of knowledge for healing and I was drawn to one of the paintings that Simon Bull had done.  It was abstract with zigzagging lines throughout.  I immediately knew it was a visual word of knowledge for healing of eyes.

As I shared this with the congregation, many people with eye problems came up to look at the painting.  We saw floaters dissolve, stigmatism improve, as well as other eye problems improve.  

I looked over at Simon, and the only word I have to explain it was, “wonder”.  God chose us to be a vehicle that would bring His loving healing power to heal people’s eyes!

“Wonder” is when our curiosity to partner with God turns into a whole lot more than we even have language for. 

These moments are so wonderful, and often come dressed in simple every day wrapping, like a card from someone we love, a song someone has created that reaches into our soul, or the way we feel with family and friends when we need them most.

Think about the “moments” you have had in your life, and look for one in this next week, as you take risk to express your curiosity.

Conclusion

I want to encourage you to discover the “wow,” “whoa,” and “wonder” moments coming from your cultivation of your creative curiosity in this next week.

Follow your curiosity, and let’s have the best summer ever!

Remember, you are Born to Create!