“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding.”
Very few law abiding citizens would disagree with me on this:
Jackhammers outside a classroom aren’t very – er, restful.
Or conducive to learning.
But – what an opportunity!
Stop it. You know I don’t like it when you look at me in that tone of voice.
Renovations come at a cost. For one, the mess. For another, the disruption to normal procedure.
And did I mention the noise?
But I can certainly see the potential for some good – hard, but good – learning.
See, if my littles can learn to focus on my voice in the middle of all the noise, they will gain some valuable life skills. Sorting the stimulus into what to pay attention to and what to tune out and ‘turn down’ will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
And do you hear the spiritual lesson screaming at you?
Then let me point it out so you’ll know what to focus on.
Life is loud.
There are so many different voices, all clamouring for your attention. Your money. Your time.
It takes practice to hear the voice of reason in a mob, the whisper of logic in the heat of an emotionally charged argument, the statement of truth in a mountain of lies.
God’s voice can be drowned out very easily in the loud process of constructing a life.
So here’s your reminder – we need practice.
Practice sorting through the stimuli. Practice hearing the right voice in the crowd. Practice turning down the volume on the world’s sneaky attention grabbers and instead zeroing in on what is right and true and good, not just the easiest or most convenient.
It will take intent.
It will require our utmost concentration.
But tuning our ears to wisdom will save us a lot of trouble down the road…
Learn to focus on the words of Jesus with me?
Father, this world is loud. It demands and distracts and calls attention to all the wrong things. Teach us to tune our ears to Your guidance and wisdom. Amen.