If you attend an orchestra concert you notice that the individual performers are always fine tuning their instruments. I asked someone who should know — why can’t they do that offstage, and he said that every instrument, every concert hall, and even every audience puts of a different vibration of its own that affects the tuning of the performer’s instrument ever so slightly. He may have been pulling my leg, but it makes sense to me.
Great athletes, singers, actors, speakers, you can go down the list are always “fine-tuning” their game. Accordingly we should take heed and ask ourselves on occasion how do we fine-tune our life, especially our spiritual self. There are the obvious ways – contemplative prayer, meditation, reading, and worship. But I suspect like the members of the orchestra the real fine-tuning needs to occur out in the world. For us who believe that we are called as followers of Christ to serve others, our fine-tuning needs to occur out in the real world, amongst those we are called to serve. Our personal instruments may sound just fine within the confines of our home or church, but we must fine tune them amongst the people we are called to serve and whose vibrations affect us much like a blast from a tuba vibrates the strings of a delicate violin.
Give some thought to where you need to go to fine-tune your spiritual life. Where is the concert hall of your calling?
Have a good weekend. W.