Driving from our house to Waikiki today, the radio turns on to the mashup of 10,000 Reasons//What a Beautiful Name. Instantly, my kids (5 & 7) start singing along. It was so sweet to hear their little voices singing along word for word. I couldn’t help but smile as I watched them in the rearview mirror.
I think music has a way of grabbing a hold of our emotions. It’s like Apple. Whatever mood you’re in….”we’ve got a song for that.”
Music is so powerful in that it can help us express our inner most feelings.
It even has the power to change them.
Have you ever sat down and REALLY listened to the lyrics of some songs? I do that quite often.
The words of the song you are listening to will more than likely get stuck in your head.
To this day, I can still sing to you every line to the Sesame Street intro song. And, if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll KNOW that I can sing you EVERY Backstreet Boy song ever written.
I don’t say this to impress you (as if it really impresses you anyway! haha) But, rather, to point out to you the simple fact that, what we listen to sticks with us long after we finish listening to it so choose it wisely. It becomes us and can ultimately shape us.
It’s THAT powerful.
This brings me back to the music I choose to listen to with my kids around-especially while driving in the car. I want my kids to have a positive spin on each day. I try so hard to have that for myself and I want them to experience it as well.
Having songs in my head that say, “I’m a overcomer.” “And, if our God is for us then who can stand against us?” “Yes I will rise. Out of these ashes rise. From this trouble I have found. And this rubble on the ground. I will rise.” make me feel more confident and, without a doubt, keeps my attitude positive.
It is impossible to be in a bad mood when the music you are listening to is telling you how much you are loved and how special you are.
Because of this, I choose to listen to Christian music. It’s become who I am. My kids love it and I don’t ever have to worry about them hearing something inappropriate.
Before I lose you…did you know there are even different genres of Christian music?
There is everything from the obvious classic hymnals to the exact opposite….rap. So, yes! Even if you are a rap lover…there’s Christian music for you. And, no. It’s not lame. For example Lecrae. I read his autobiography this summer. What an incredible story. He grew up on the streets with the men he looked up to as role models being in gangs. To say it simply, he hasn’t had an easy life: childhood abuse, drugs and alcoholism, a stint in rehab, an abortion, and an unsuccessful suicide attempt. He has plenty of experiences to write/rap about and he does so without the bad language. He decided one day to make a change for the better…eventually, he became a #1 chart topping Rap Artist who actually beat out Nicki Minaj on the iTunes charts.
Don’t believe me? Check out some of his music:
I think Christian music gets a bad rep sometimes. Did you know, it’s not all scripture (although, I personally enjoy that as well). Some Christian music is just regular ole music but it doesn’t have the swearing and sexual innuendos that secular music has. I encourage you to check it out if it’s not something you already listen to. Give it a try. I’ve heard K-Love radio give out a challenge…listen to nothing but Christian music for 90 days (you could do less but make sure it’s long enough to tell the difference-long enough to where you start recognizing some songs). You’ll be surprised at how quickly it can change your life. Before you know it, you’ll be singing along even.
It’s amazing to me to witness first hand how kids can be a product of their environment. One way I control their environment and keep it positive is by the music that pours into our home.
I can’t control everything. But, this IS something I can control.
Instead of singing about how “bootylicious” we are, we are singing about how we can overcome anything life throws at us.
Which would you prefer hearing come out of your kids’ mouth?
Just something to think about…
And, for those of you who are curious…here is the song my kiddos were singing along to in the car this morning: