I Could Sure Use a Tune-Up
Ever felt that way? If our car isn’t getting good gas mileage or something just isn’t working properly, we’ll take it in for a tune-up. If a musician’s instrument isn’t tuned correctly, it won’t sound right. If we’re out of tune or “alignment” in our life, we’ll start making uncalled-for blunders, forget appointments and we will start to feel off-kilter in just about every area of our lives.
The last couple of days I was single-handedly hosting my own garage sale, dealing with crowd control, being on point to calculate item prices, and hustling to get the leftovers boxed up for charity. Time for body and soul “tune-up”! A tune-up is taking a closer look at what is going on. We can settle for “it’s just my age” or “I never was good at that anyway” or “where did THAT come from? This blog is from my own need to fine-tune. Case in point: my daughter told me something confidential. Carelessly, in a casual conversation with a loved one, I shared that confidence. Didn’t even think about it being confidential. The next thing I hear is my daughter telling me the loved one asked her about it. Oh me. I need to be fine-tuned.
I was at a women’s meeting last week when I knew this blog would be written. I talked about fine-tuning when one gal spoke about her friend who continued to lose their temper and even curse around her. Of course, her peace is affected. It was in that instant that I thought: “She needs to evaluate that friendship and even needs to realize her peace needs to be fine-tuned from those things that cause her to lose her peace. I know me and if I’m not in peace — then it’s time for a tune-up!
There’s an old saying, and I’ll admit it’s a little cheesy, where the guy says to the girl: “I think we could make beautiful music together.” If we could strip away the cheese factor, can we ask ourselves this question? “Are we making beautiful music in our life? In our relationships? In our thoughts and actions? If not, maybe we need to seriously think about getting a tune-up!
I’m purposing to clean-up and tune-up my act! Here’s what I’m doing! Hopefully you’ll learn from my mistakes and my adjustments:
~ Fine tune negative thinking. It’s time to zero in on all the good in our life and turn that negativity into gratitude. Tweak me, Lord! If we pay more attention to the hustle of life instead of our relationship with God, our health, our family, our friends, and helping others, then we should pray “Tune me up, Lord, so the things that matter most will get my top-priority attention.”
~ I know when my body and the foods I eat need to be fine-tuned. I feel it. I know it when I’ve had sugar-overload and not paid attention to eating right. Purposing to be fit and healthy
Even Jesus needed to withdraw to a quiet place for fine-tuning in prayer. He is our greatest example for spending time in solitude for the purpose of fine-tuning. It’s what we need for the long haul. Shouldn’t we be treating our life as a fine-tuned piano and beautiful gift that God made us to be?
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24