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Tune In to Become Wise

By January 7, 2015December 15th, 20207 Comments

Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. (Proverbs 2:2)

One of my great joys in life is to attend a symphony. I love to sit and listen to the orchestra warm up, to practice some of the more difficult passages. And, strangely enough, I love to listen to the orchestra tune – to hear the cacophony of sound come into one pure note.

Tune: correct musical pitch or consonance – used chiefly in the phrases in tune and out of tune; agreement, harmony.

Tune your ears

Reduce the cacophony of noise.

An orchestra that is perfectly tuned is melodious, beautiful, inspiring, and enriching to your soul.

But an orchestra that is out of tune is painful, chaotic, dissonant, disturbing to your soul. We want to cover our ears to block out the harsh, discordant sound.

Tune your ears to wisdom


Merriam-Webster defines wisdom as accumulated philosophic or scientific learning; or the ability to discern inner qualities and relationships; or good sense. The definition uses the words knowledge, insight, and judgment to help define it.

But that definition is still nebulous – it feels not quite complete. Wisdom is one of those things that I know better than I can define. I know when I’ve met a person who is wise. I also know when I meet someone who isn’t wise, despite all the letters after their name. .

As I thought about this phrase from Proverbs today, I was stunned by the richness.

Tune your ears to wisdom

But why “tune your ears”? Perhaps, by tuning in, reducing the noisy chaos, by learning to listen to words and the meaning behind the words, we will learn that true wisdom is found in Truth. And Truth doesn’t change. It doesn’t adjust to fit the whims of society or Hollywood or convenience. Truth is Truth. Always.

Think about it. If Truth can change then is it Truth? Or does it dissolve into chaos?

How do I tune my life to wisdom:

  • Remove distractions
  • Zero in to the perfect pitch
  • Concentrate
  • Focus
  • Be intentional about what I’m listening to
  • Learn
  • Study
  • Apply knowledge

Tune your ears to wisdom

It’s not enough to accumulate knowledge; I must learn to apply that knowledge. Not a new concept, but a reminder. Without the application of all I’m learning, I’m not really tuning in to wisdom.

And that means I have to “tune out” some distractions.

Wisdom is attainable by all. Isn’t that incredible?! You don’t have to have a pedigree, a college degree, or a high IQ. Wisdom is non-discriminating. Just tune in.

Tune your ears to wisdom

How will you tune in today? How do you define wisdom? What distractions do you need to tune out? Leave a comment below.

  • Kirsten D Samuel

    I empower Christian wives to discover they are seen, loved, and heard. These women find the freedom to be who they are beyond their partner’s struggles, and find hope that there is a life worth living.