Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Curiosity
Herod said, “John I beheaded; but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he tried to see him. (Luke 9:9)
I continue to enjoy reading about celebrities and their views on different subjects. “On Point,” interviewed Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who has been a successful actor since he was a young boy. He has been in everything from the television show, “Third Rock from the Sun,” to movies like “Looper” and “Snowden.” Gordon-Levitt was asked to address the issue of “curiosity.” He says, “I am a firm believer in scientific method.” “I find that among people I know, the most intelligent ones are those who ask questions more than they make statements. They remain curious, even about things they know to be true.” Gordon-Levitt continues by discussing how curiosity affects his acting. “And acting itself is fundamentally about curiosity-trying to think about a situation other than your own, being someone else.”
Curiosity is a gift of the Holy Spirit. We are called to be curious of all the ways God reaches out to us. The Bible is a great example of how curiosity is a pathway to the Divine. When we are curious about the way God related to the biblical characters, it provides an opportunity to understand how God relates to you and me. David was challenged by a jealous Saul, and God provided a means of escape. David was horrible in the way he responded to Bathsheba, and had her husband killed. God wasn’t approving, but there was forgiveness and reconciliation.
Curiosity makes us Christ-like. Jesus was curious about the needs of others. When we think about how someone is getting through life, or what struggles someone is having, our curiosity becomes Christ-like. Christ-like curiosity extends beyond simply wondering about the struggles of others, but also includes being curious about how we can transform lives. It was this curiosity about immigrants that brought us to the place where we created God’s Garden. Now, 20 different families are receiving fresh vegetables and learning how to farm and sell their produce.
Curiosity is the first step in a process of transformation. Joseph Gordon-Levitt finds his character through “being someone else.” The Christian faith is expressed in trying to become someone else: Jesus of Nazareth. The Christian faith is also expressed in trying to empathize with someone else, so transformative care can take place. Today, read a passage from the Bible and try to picture yourself as that biblical character. If you have a Bible Dictionary, or have access to one at a library, read more about the biblical character you are focusing on. If nothing else, at least Google the character. As you picture yourself as the character living in that time, begin to not only feel the way God’s Spirit worked in their life, but also begin to feel God’s Spirit working in your life as well. A little curiosity can make all the difference.