With her head hanging out the window, the wind was whipping through her hair and the chill of the air was blasting across her face. But she didn’t mind. She was too depressed to care. With the iPod in her hand, and the music plugs in her ears, she drifted off to sleep in the car.
When she woke, the reminder of her loneliness and deep sadness was still there. The music didn’t help and she was right where she left off.
Still driving on the long road with her mom, a challenge came across the Christian radio. Listen to Christian music for 30 days and see how it changes your life.
She sat quietly listening to this challenge without a word. She couldn’t go much deeper than what she already felt, so why not take the challenge. Putting down her iPod, she turned the volume up and started to listen to the words of each song. What happened next is not what she expected.
Music has a great impact on teens like you everywhere. From country, rap, jazz, and acid rock, to pop, punk and screamo, the list never ends. Many different styles, beats, and lyrics are added on and before you know it, you are singing along to what is coming through the headphones.
But what I have learned, as well as the teen that I am sharing about learned, is that music does play a big role in your life spiritually. It feeds into your heart, mind, and soul that most avenues do not. Believe it or not, it can actually bring about heartache, pain, loss, anger, bitterness, and even depression. Words have a huge impact in how we think and feel. Music grabs hold of our emotions and takes them to many places, some good, some bad.
The right kind of music can lift us up out the depths of fear, bring healing, cause joy and excitement, and touch our hearts with compassion, forgiveness, and love.
When music glorifies evil in the world, expect evil to enter into your life. When music glorifies God, expect many changes for the good. It’s a matter of what you choose.
So how do you know if your music glorifies God? Philippians 4:8 says,
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Now you will need to ask yourself this question. Does my music align with Philippians 4:8? Either way, you should have an answer to your question.
Twenty-eight days later, she hopped into the car and immediately turned the music up. “You know what mom?” the girl said. “What?” the mom answered. “I have been listening to this Christian music for almost a month and although I like my music, it just doesn’t give me the peace that I feel when I listen to the Christian music. I feel different and happier. When I go back to my music, it is not the same and it takes me back to places I don’t want to go. So, I changed my music on my iPod and want to listen to this instead.”
So I challenge you today. What kind of music are you listening to and does it edify the Lord? Remember, we were created to worship God and what better way to worship Him then to worship Him with all that is within us and in our ears.
So relax and listen to a foot tapping song about how great it was the day God saved your soul! 😀