Back at the start of the New Year I committed to listening to only Christian music for the whole month of January. Everyone around me was setting goals for things like personal health and achieving more at work. I was coming out of some sorrow in my life (A story for another time), and I was wanting to grow my faith. I found that by listening to positive, faith-growing, spirited music my heart and attitude took a shift.
I am the first to admit I have a bit of road rage. Slow drivers, truckers in the middle or left lane, and that one car in heavy traffic that can’t just stay in their lane. They all drive me CRAZY! You know what else drives me crazy, people who stand in the middle of aisle on a Saturday at the grocery store. Anyone else feel their blood boil when these things happen? While I might never say anything to these people, my face, my heart, and my attitude usually says it all.
This is where I didn’t expect music to change me.
With just a simple month of music, I found myself more joyful, patient, kind, forgiving, and loving towards people.
Galatians 5:22-23 ” But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things!” NLT.
By changing one simple thing in my life and shifting it towards God, it made me more of the things He calls me to be. Galatians spells out what the Holy Spirit can produce in our lives, but I just needed to open that area of my life to allow for that kind of fruit to be produced. I cannot serve or love others when I am too busy being upset about why they don’t move faster. Honestly, there isn’t anything on Earth that having a bitter heart is going to change, but we have all seen kindness, extra patience, and self-control change the world. My motto has always been “Leave people and things better than you find them”. I find that with the simple change in the music I listen too, I am more able to embody my motto and Christ’s heart.
Sometimes I would turn on that radio in a moment of boiling blood, and the Holy Spirit would gently break me down, calm me down, and quiet my angry heart. If you find yourself struggling to keep your cool in the front seat, maybe the aisles of the grocery store, possibly at work, or with your spouse and children, I encourage you to find some positive, faith-filled music. It has made all the difference in my attitude towards others, especially in those moments that my flesh is annoyed and angry.
My prayers go out today for anyone struggling with a bad attitude like myself. It can be hard to overcome those emotions when they are all too real in the moment, but I really believe that this change allowed me to become more of what God intended for me. It allowed the Holy Spirit in my daily life, and allowed me to see others in a new light. I also believe that it can do the same for you.
If you are looking for some good song to get started, here is a few favorites:
My favorite radio stations:
K-LOVE Radio- They have local stations all over the U.S. You can check here to find yours!
The Message- If you listen to SiriusXM radio try out this channel! XM 63.
Need a good daily devotional for women? Here is my favorite!