Curiosity has its own reason for existing
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
One day I was walking my Black Labrador Retriever at Bayfront Park in Hamilton. Sutton was one of those dogs full of energy that needed lots of exercise. As we walked, we passed a number of runners who were enjoying a beautiful winter day in the park. And then I had a thought, “Maybe I should try running with Sutton? It would take care of his high energy and give me an opportunity for some exercise…” Next day I visited the Running Room Store, got some advice and gear; and an amazing journey of running began! Everything started with a simple prompting of a thought, “Maybe I should try…”
Have you ever had a movement in your heart when you felt like God was calling you to do something or changed the way you were doing things? And if you ever took the steps to embrace it and make it real, amazing things happened in life. We can see this movement in the beginning of the Gospel reading this weekend, “As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts…” (Luke 3:15) That was the first step in their life towards a life-changing encounter with Christ. It started with a prompting of the heart, expectations and questioning, moved by curiosity… After all, “Curiosity has its own reason for existing”.
On June 12, 2005 Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, gave the commencement address in Stanford University: “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So, keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
The journey of discernment of our purpose, meaning and vocation in life begins with recognizing and answering the prompting of the heart. When God is calling us, it requires our answer with curiosity and courage, to “keep looking until we find it”. Are you ready to take the first step? It will change your life forever!
By Jarek Pachocki, OMI
OMI Lacombe Canada – Vocation Director