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Pop Pop Epistle #76 – About Holy Curiosity

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Dear Grandkids,

I hope you know that I pray for each of you every week. By name. Specifically. I don’t necessarily pray the same things for each of you. But one of the things I am going to start praying for all of you is this: Lord would You instill within _____________ a “holy curiosity” as he/she walks through this day!

It was Albert Einstein who said…

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

Leonardo DaVinci, the amazing artist and inventor who lived 500 years ago, would carry an “idea journal” with him every where he went. He said, “I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand”.

It was the Apostle Paul who said… “If anyone thinks he knows anything, he does not yet know it as he ought to know it.” (1 Corinthians 8:2 CSB).

Here are a few curious facts just to whet your curiosity appetite…

  • If you shuffle a deck of cards, chances are that the new order of playing cards has NEVER existed before.
  • Of all the people in history that have reached 65 years of age, half of them are living right now.
  • You replace every particle in your body every seven years. You are literally not the same person you were 7 years ago.
  • Goats have rectangular pupils.
  • If you put all the earth’s ants in one pile, and all the earth’s humans in another pile, the pile made of ants would be bigger.
  • Turtles can breathe out of their butts.
  • A pencil has the potential to draw a line 38 miles long.
  • If a man never cut his beard, by the time he dies it would be 30 feet long.
  • If you keep going North, you will eventually go South. If you keep going East, you will never go West.
  • A banana is actually a berry. A strawberry isn’t.

Interesting, but nothing holy about those curiosities. So what is the difference between curiosity and holy curiosity?

  • Holy curiosity begins with an understanding that God is creator. That He made everything and called it good and then He created people and called them very good.
  • Holy curiosity is motivated by a desire  to know God better – by better understanding the amazing world He has created.
  • Holy curiosity recognizes that people are uniquely created in the image of God and have stories that are worth learning about.
  • Holy curiosity delights in the joy of discovery and is able to see the sacred in the midst of the mundane.
  • Holy curiosity  keeps awe and wonder alive in a world that seems to create new ways to be bored every day.

Father, I ask that you would indeed instill a holy curiosity in my grandkids that they might stand in greater awe of You and be used by You to help others live with a sense of sacred wonder.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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Pop Pop Epistle #75 – About Kyphoplasty

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Dear Grandkids,

So it turns out that I am not as young as I used to be. It also turns out that my body does not handle well some things that I used to take for granted – like running and jumping.

A little more than two weeks ago I tried to prove to myself that I was only 61 years old chronologically. I went out and played Ultimate Frisbee with a bunch of 15-25 year olds. I promise that I was the least active guy out on the field but was more active than I had been in a while. The next day I started having back and abdominal muscle spasms. These kept up for 2 weeks and after they started intensifying I went to see my doctor.

spine_noflashApparently I have a compression fracture in the T-11 vertebrae of my spinal column. The nerves are sending out a message to the muscles of my core that is causing all the pain. It would seem that these muscles are very angry with me for trying to play Ultimate and are encouraging me to never play again. I just might listen.

So sometime in the next week or so I will go to the hospital and have a procedure known as kyphoplasty. Supposedly it is minimally invasive, but get this – the doctor will inject cement into the fractured bone to strengthen it. Cement. The stuff they make sidewalks with.

So what have I learned through this so far:

  • The joy of the Lord is my strength!
  • Pain is exhausting.
  • The human body is pretty amazing.
  • Don’t act 21 when you are 61.

I am also being reminded that when one part of the body of Christ (the church) is hurting that it affects the whole body. I love my church and hope that this will make me a better pastor who is more compassionate and more caring when people are hurting.

Also I would encourage you to remember what 1 Corinthians 6:19 says – “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you.” Take care of your body.

Never forget that you are very loved!

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