As I was sitting in church this morning, a thought crossed my mind. Our guest pastor this morning spoke about impossible prayer. He mentioned that his first experiences with prayer were nothing like the prayers the Bible tells us to pray. And then he entered attended a prayer meeting. That meeting changed his entire outlook on prayer and what it could look like. And it collided with some of my thoughts about legacy.
So, this thought that crossed my mind.
Just as the things that we do postivitely affect the legacy that we leave behind, so do the things that we do negatively.
That feels a bit complicated.
Let me see if I can break it down a little bit more for you.
When we do things right we leave a legacy. When we do things incorrectly we leave a legacy. When we don’t understand and act out of our misunderstanding, we leave a legacy. Everything we do and believe shape our legacy.
And when we allow the things we don’t fully understand to guide our actions, we sometimes pass on a legacy that isn’t as full of life as it should be. Or, when we refuse to consider other’s thoughts and opinions about a subject, we actually end up shorting ourselves. We don’t open ourselves up to new ideas. We forget that there are other ways of doing things.
When we close ourselves off to change and new ideas, we close ourselves off to leaving a legacy of curiosity. Without that curiousity, we fail to thrive. We fail to grow, impact others and become more the person God created us to be.
I think curiousity keeps us healthy. It keeps us learning, growing and improving. Without it, new medicines would not have been found. We would still be relying on candles for light at night. And, perhaps most importantly, I don’t think we would be drawn back to the Bible over and over again.
How can you culitvate curiousity in your life today? Ask a new question. Choose a new topic to learn. Ask questions of a friend to learn something new about him or her.