People have a tendency to fear the unknown. Maybe that’s better than being curious.
Many are those who, because of curiosity, have been “picked off” by the adversary. Each one felt, at one time, they could handle the knowledge of the unknown. But how much better it would have been had they simply remembered the old adage, “curiosity killed the cat.”
Before venturing into the unknown, ask yourself a few simple questions: 1) Why am I curious? 2) Do I fantasize about the unknown? 3) Can I investigate this with my spouse? 4) Am I being truthful with my friends? 5) Did I just lie to myself?
It’s a good idea to discuss your “trek into the unknown” with a trusted friend. Someone who loves you, but isn’t impressed with you, or who doesn’t work for you.
“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.” (Proverbs 28:19 NLT)
“By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6 ESV)
You really don’t need to know why that person smiled at you like they did. There isn’t a valid reason for you to click on that particular web site, while you’re alone in the house.
Curiosity can be a good thing, or a deadly trap. Don’t “boldly go where angels fear to tread.” Back off, trust God, ask the questions, and live longer, without regret.
I’m taking a survey. I’m wondering what things encourage you?
What lifts you when you’re down?
What gives you courage to face the unfaceable?
How do you find strength to do the impossible?
What gets you off the bench of self-pity and back into the game of life?
What is the adrenalin for your soul? A word spoken by a real friend, a helping hand when your two aren’t enough?
Do you prefer a note, letter, email, or phone call from a friend?
Does God ever encourage you? How?
When you’ve “drawn the blinds” to your world, put your phone on silent, and placed yourself on the island of Me-Only, what brings you back to the land called Life?
How do you tell the difference between pity and encouragement?
When you find yourself stumbling through the valley of the shadow of death, what gets you through?
We may think we’ve encouraged someone (we feel good), but may have totally missed the mark. So this question isn’t “how do you encourage others?”
No, the question is…
What encourages YOU?
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