"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" (Ps 46:10)

I find myself using the mute button on my remote control more and more these days. There is just so much on television right now that I don’t want to listen to. Whether it is hypocritical politicians blowing enough hot air to cause a Summer heat wave, shallow television stars arguing on horrible reality shows, or screaming commercials trying to force me to buy something I neither need nor want, I find myself turning them down, tuning them out, and turning them off.

Usually after muting the media I will sit at my kitchen table, sip some cold tea, and gaze out the window. I will look at the beauty of nature instead of the glare of the television. I will allow the noise of the world to melt away and rest in the silence of my own soul. Then I will breath deeply, close my eyes, and listen carefully for the loving voice that never lies, argues, or screams.

This sweet voice uplifts me and encourages me. It tells me to keep trying, to keep loving, and to keep doing all I can to make this world a better place. It reminds me that life is worth living, that goodness lies in us all, and that we are all here for a purpose.

This gentle voice is God speaking to my heart, soul, and mind. He is always ready to talk to us in these quiet moments of prayer. He is always ready to bless us with His peace. He is always ready to guide us with His wisdom. He is waiting patiently to fill us with His love. He is waiting patiently to show us how we can love each other as well. He is waiting patiently to give us joy.

Take the time today to tune into God. Turn off the television, silence the cell phone, and shut down the computer. Sit down in the quiet. Close your eyes and open your heart. Breath slowly and deeply. Gently pray to God for His love and His guidance. Then just listen. You will be amazed at the thoughts that come into your mind, the peace that comes into your heart, and the love that fills your soul. You will be amazed at how tuning into God can tune up your life.

By: Joseph J. Mazzella