Releasing Your Inner Curiosity

Releasing Your Inner Curiosity
By Pastor Alexander L. Redd
June 5, 2024

"Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near." (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

Getting caught up in what society expects can cause us to lose sight of what once sparked our curiosity and passion. Yet, in our earliest interests, no matter our age, we can find the seeds of our true selves. Reflecting on these can help us reconnect with our inner child, reignite our curiosity, and align our goals with our true passions. This powerful concept is also echoed in biblical teachings.

As we get older, the responsibilities and pressures of life often overshadow our earliest inclinations. However, some of these inclinations are important in discovering our true purpose and passion. The Bible encourages us to remember our youth. Ecclesiastes 12:1 says, "Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth before the evil days come and the years draw near." Childhood is a time of intense curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. Thus, we should reflect on our early inclinations and seek our divine purpose before the burdens of life weigh us down.

In these formative years, our unique inclinations begin to take shape. Proverbs 22:6 reminds us, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it." Our innate inclinations are the building blocks of our character and the compass that guides our life's destiny. Throughout life, we encounter activities and subjects that either ignite our curiosity or turn us away. By engaging in our childlike curiosity, we can rediscover our true passions and steer our pursuits in the right direction.

I want to point attention to these emotional responses, as they provide valuable insights into your true calling. Romans 12:6 explains what makes each of us unique: "Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them." Each individual possesses unique gifts and talents. You can determine which direction to take by identifying the activities that deeply affect you emotionally. Every individual is born with a distinct set of inclinations and talents.

Yet, societal expectations and pressures often lead us astray from our true selves. In Psalm 139:14, the Bible celebrates our uniqueness: 'I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.' This psalm reminds us of our inherent value and uniqueness. Our life's mission is to return to these meaningful inclinations and embody the uniqueness we were born with. By doing so, we can lead a fulfilling and purposeful life.

The old saying, "No matter how old you are, think about what you liked to do when you were young," is a meaningful way to reconnect with your inner child and follow your unique interests. Exploring new things can make you more curious and help you discover your true selves through thoughts aligned with God's purpose.

Let us make the most of our youth, cherish our gifts, and welcome emotional connections. By rediscovering our uniqueness, as seen in biblical references, we can get to know ourselves through Christ's character, learn more about ourselves, nurture our inner curiosity, and accomplish our life's goals. Doing so will lead to a renewed sense of purpose and a life brimming with joy and fulfillment.

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