Curiosity inspires many new discoveries. It leads us to the wonder of God’s universe and the workmanship of our embodied selves. And curiosity stirs the exploration of our sexuality as well.
It’s not unusual for young kids to engage in some form of playing house, doctor, or show and tell as an innocent expression of sexual curiosity.
And while these forms of exploratory play are less acceptable as we grow older, our spirit of curiosity remains.
We want to know if we’re “normal” and how our sexual self compares to others.
Marketers exploit this curiosity everyday – promising the inside scoop to all the questions we’re too afraid to ask openly.
And as social beings, there are also many times in which we’re just fascinated with each other’s lives. We enjoy people watching and seeing how others live their life.
Much of pornography might fall into this category – a sexualize version of people watching that tends to turn a natural curiosity into an idol.
To be sure, curiosity can have unintended consequences and lead us to places we wouldn’t go otherwise. It’s true that curiosity can kill the cat.
As such, many of us are tempted to play it safe and deny our curiosities.
But God created us with an intense desire to explore and discover, to take deep interest in the world around us, including our sexual selves.
And when we don’t consistently bring our curiosity into the light, it’s more prone to come out in the darkness and lead to many regrets.
It’s no easy task to figure out how to express our sexual curiosity in a mature and godly fashion. But perhaps the first step is simply accepting the fact that we are curious.
Stay curious and discover all the wonder God has for our sexuality.