The Fine Art of Tuning Out

Michael Beck

“Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.” (Ecclesiastes 7:21,22)

Even as it is better that others don’t know all we think about them, we are better off not knowing what they’re saying about us.

There are some things our eyes don’t need to see, and some things our ears don’t need to hear. “But I, as a deaf man, heard not …” (Psalm 38:13)

Firstly, if we knew how little people were thinking about us we wouldn’t care so much what they were thinking about us. Secondly, what does it really matter? Someone may think we are the most wonderful, saintly person on the face of the earth, but God may know otherwise. Another may think we’re a demon, but God sees us as His beloved child in whom He is well pleased.

Beware of wanting to know what people think about you. Many things are better left unknown. God does not want our eyes addicted to wicked sights, nor does He want our ears itching to hear what people are saying about us. People will talk. Let them. Learn the fine art of tuning out.

Desire to hear only what one voice has to say about you. His assessment alone matters. Focus rather on all those words that God would speak over your life as you live for Him. The less heard from men, the better. The more heard from God, the better.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.