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I love beautiful music that moves the heart. I find something strangely beautiful and thrilling about the moment a pre-concert tune-up session suddenly turns into one, unanimous and harmonious note. All the instruments are in tune with the lead musician, ready to share the beauty of music with the waiting audience.

It took a little paper I read a few months ago to give me a new perspective on tuning up—and to challenge me to greater faithfulness in my own life. When it comes to tuning up my heart each morning I need to ask just one simple question: What if the musicians waited until after the concert was over to tune their instruments?

It sounds silly to even think of not making sure the instruments of an orchestra are in tune before beginning to play. A great violinist would never think to wait until the concert was over to make sure his violin was in tune. It is a wonder then that we so often wait for our daily tune-up with God, the Master Musician, until the end of our daily “concert” of life. 


Every day is filled with unexpected things, and we can’t know what a day will hold when our feet first hit the floor in the morning—and how much we will need to let God be the one in control.

Too Busy

We all live lives that are incredibly full and busy, and sometimes it is hard to stop for a moment to breathe, let alone to take the time to “be still and know” our God. But the truth is, we need this time to get in tune even more than we need to complete our to-do lists.

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve let my morning quiet time, that absolutely vital “tune-up” time with God, slip at times. I’ve been guilty of going to bed much too late, creating mornings that were rushed and chaotic. I may have met my deadlines, and goals, but I missed out on days that were filled with the harmony and peace that comes from taking time to pray. It showed in how I lived my life!

Starting my day with a tune-up—spending time reading my Bible and praying—seems to change my perspective. I am more open to finding joy no matter what the circumstances of my day may be. It helps me to see interruptions and disappointments as answers to prayers instead of failures and setbacks. The noise of life quiets as I let God tune my heart in to the bigger picture.

There’s no question about it, the song of my day is always much sweeter when I take the time to get tuned up with God in the morning. It is worth any sacrifice it takes to make this happen.

"Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you" (Psalm 143:8).

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By Chantel Brankshire. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the New Living Translation © 1996.


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