Do you have a cat, or cats?  Maybe you’ve at least heard the saying, ‘curiosity killed the cat’?

If you’re a mom, you know that cats and crawling kids and toddlers have a lot in common.  Curiosity Rules!

Now days you buy little plastic plugs to put into electric wall sockets, and put cords out of reach to eliminate electrical shocks.  And push handles on pots and pans toward the back of the stove to protect little ones from pulling boiling water or hot grease onto them.  Wall-mounted big-screen TVs are safer than having a child try to crawl up the entertainment center and pull the television onto themselves.

There are all sorts of things that make innocent and unschooled little ones curious.  It takes a watchful eye, some planning and the right “stuff” to keep cats and children safe from themselves!

I got to thinking, though, that curiosity is what drives us onto the next step in our lives and our development.  Isn’t it the baby’s desire to get to something faster that creates the need to crawl?  And then seeing things at a higher view drives their desire to stand and walk.  Pulling themselves up and teetering on weak legs, it takes a while to get balance and coordination of muscles and strength to accomplish what they want.

But it’s their innate desire to quench their curiosity that propels them to the next thing, and the next.

All of life, in my opinion, then becomes a chance to explore what is unknown–driven by our personal curiosity.  Individuals differ, of course, on what piques their curiosity.  Education provides opportunities to see what’s “out there” that we may know nothing personally about.  For instance, how does a farm raised child learn to be interested in chemistry or art?  It has to be through exposure to something that sparks that “light” in their brain…an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of something they are not normally around.

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But what, specifically, does it?

Maybe a book that is read to them talks about the melting of metals and the forming of jewelry.  Maybe they have a relative or friend who has a Junior Chemistry set, or a little bunsen burner.  Remember when we heated the end of a piece of glass tubing and blew into it?

Or maybe a friend has a telescope, or a trip to a university’s large telescope brings an interest in astronomy or space flight.

Curiosity isn’t only important for intellectual growth.  It is vital to spiritual growth, too!  What will drive your children and friends and family to seek an understanding of God’s love?  Of God’s infinite grace?  Of God’s willingness to love us ‘IN SPITE’ of our shortcomings?

Why isn’t everyone curious about the cross?  Or at least curious about why we go to a building on Sunday?

Could it be that we have not provided a “spark of interest?”  Our lives are wrapped up tightly within us and no one sees a reason to wonder about God?

We know that electrical outlets are dangerous, and so we protect our children from what we know will cause harm…even death.

Is there a way you can share the danger of not knowing Jesus Christ with your friends and family?  A way that piques their curiosity as to how you are getting through life?

Surely, you have just as many trials as they do.  Job insecurity.  Illness.  Aging parents or sick children.  Money woes enough to fill a book.  College costs.  Buying a safe car.  Fixing up a home that needs immediate repair?

How do you cope?  Is there something you can share that will help someone else’s curiosity seek the Savior?

Think about it.

by Cindy Best

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