The music we listen to can affect us. It can affect your current mood. It can affect what you are thinking. It can affect how you treat others. Music can be pretty powerful, in positive and negative ways. So what are you listening to?
Your answer to that might actually depend on your current mood. If you’re happy, you might listen to something different than when you are angry. I know that I have chosen certain types of music to listen to based on my current mood.
I used to listen to angry songs when I was angry. You know, the kind that really gets your blood pumping, makes you want to seek revenge, and really just fuels your anger even more…
I try not to turn to those songs anymore. Hateful lyrics just fuel hate. We have enough hate in this world. We don’t need to make it worse by listening to hateful music.
Last year was an extremely difficult year for me. There were days that music really had an affect on me. The music I chose to listen to really helped me through some heartaches.
When things were not going right, and the ones I love were hurting me, I could have turned on the angry music. What good would that have done though? It would have just fueled anger inside of me, not love. So I turned on KLOVE, my local Christian music station, or my favorite CD (Lauren Daigle’s “How Can It Be”). The songs I listened to helped heal me. The lyrics were positive and encouraging.
Two of my favorite healing songs from last year are Lauren Daigle’s “Trust in You” and Ryan Stevenson’s “Eye of the Storm.” The lyrics in these songs spoke to my heart. Listening to them reminded me that there was still hope, and God was still in control, no matter how uncontrollable my life felt.
Right now my power song is “Fearless” by Jasmine Murray. This song has been a great reminder for me to be brave. I crank this song up!
Do you have a power song? Do you have a song that just sparks something good inside you, that keeps you going, that feeds your hope?
I encourage you to pay more attention to the music you are listening to. Pay attention to how it makes you feel. Pay attention to how it affects you. You may realize what you are listening to isn’t really good for you. I’ve been there. I’ve had to make changes.
This reminds me of a children’s song we used to sing in church: “O Be Careful Little Eyes.”
One of the verses goes like this:
“O be careful little ears what you hear
O be careful little ears what you hear
For the Father up above
Is looking down in love
So be careful little ears what you hear”
It is a children’s song. It still applies though.
Are you being careful in what you let your ears hear?