Becoming Curious: God has equipped our souls for exploration.

The Importance of Becoming Curious at Mid-life and Beyond

Part of the delight of spending time with my tiny grandson is that he takes nothing for granted.
Nothing.
“Bam, why bubble pop?”
“Because you stood on it.”
“Why?”
Well, good question.  Why, indeed, but our conversations routinely run on in this vein of relentless curiosity.  They move forward not because “Bam” comes up with anything like satisfactory answers, but because the pre-schooler’s mind has jumped the rails to a new topic.

Historically, the church has an uneasy relationship with curiosity, beginning with the Son of God Himself receiving flack throughout His earthly ministry from the anti-questioning party in power at that time.  Casey Tygrett invites Jesus’s present-day followers back into the habit of Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions, beckoning readers into the tension that holds opposing concepts in a space that waits for answers from all the multitude of possibilities.

The middle years and beyond provide a multitude of opportunities for curiosity and questioning, but it’s easy to miss the moment. Set in our ways, we get grumpy about the unknown and set our feet in cement when we should be “setting our faces like flint” in the direction of spiritual practices that heighten our curiosity and our wisdom.

I’m thrilled to be writing about this over at The Perennial Gen, a thriving online community for men and women in the second half of life.  Join me there?

The spiritual practice of becoming curious is God’s gift to His people, and He has equipped our souls to take the shape of an explorer into the deep things that will change our way of seeing the world.

Are we curious enough to follow Him there?

Many thanks to Intervarsity Press for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.

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By grace, becoming more curious,

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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for nearly 30 years, and together they have four sons, two daughters-in-love, two grandchildren, and one lazy St. Bernard. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

24 thoughts on “The Importance of Becoming Curious at Mid-life and Beyond”

  1. I love your remark: set our feet in cement when we should be “setting our faces like flint”. That is so true of many of us when we hit middle age and beyond. Our opinions are set. Our ideas are set. Our routines are set. Our desires are set. But retirement can be a wonderful time to explore what we have not had time to explore in our earlier years. It can be a time when we encounter the Lord in new ways, too. Thanks for sharing this book review and your thoughts on it. God bless.

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  2. I love some of the questions children come up with and how they make us think too! And asking questions is so important for spiritual growth. We won’t always understand it all but having a place where we can talk honestly about our questions really helps. There is always more to know and discover!

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  3. I agree that for some reason our natural curiosity that thrives in children seems to be dampened out in adults. What a shame! One of the best parts of teaching (and something I miss) was seeing the excitement and curiosity on the faces of young people.

    And I will have to check out Perennial Gen!

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  4. Yes to being curious. If you don’t remember how to be, just spend a few hours (okay maybe a few minutes) with a small child. My daughter was just lamenting about her little one asking so many non-stop questions. I had to smile to myself. Because she was just like that when she was little. “Mom, why . . .?”

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