I recently learned that the classic rock station I listened to in my teens is changing its format to contemporary Christian music. I found myself thinking back to all the memories I made while listening to music from The Who, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and other bands. The music is woven into each experience, filling the gaps between laughter and stories shared. Now that the music is changing, I am drawn to what happened to me that made me change my music selections.
When Jesus came into my life I was changed inside, forever. But, my outside changed, too. I no longer wanted to listen to music that wore down my soul, music that gave me no joy, no hope. I was filled with these things now and I wanted my music intake to reflect that. It wasn’t that classic rock was bad or evil. It was part of who I was, but it was not who I had become because of Jesus.
I found joy in contemporary Christian bands like The Altar Boys, Petra, Amy Grant, and Michael W. Smith. Their words helped me know that I didn’t have to be perfect as a new Christian. God would meet me where I was and help me grow into a stronger believer. It’s funny though, I also find great joy and blessing in hearing the classic music from generations past. Hymns like, How Great Thou Art, Come Thou Fount, Great is Thy Faithfulness are often the first melodies that come to mind when I am working around the house.
I am starting to see more and more that what I bring into my head- by sight or sound, will feed how I am feeling and how I interact with the world around me. There is truth to the “soundtracks” we play and how we experience life. Whether it is the hymn In the Garden, the song Grace Wins, or even Fool in the Rain, our lives are touched by these classic tunes.
Best Beloved, what is the soundtrack playing in your head right now? Is it encouraging you? Are you feeling defeated by the negativity playing on repeat? Maybe it’s time to change the station. Call out to God, ask Him to fill your heart, soul, and mind with characteristics of Christ.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).