Music. Are you a fan? I love music! Music makes me happy. Every Spring, I record the Grammys to catch up on all the music of the past year and see if there are any songs I want to add to my playlists. I’ve created a variety of my very own “soundtracks” that put me in that happy place.
There’s a Christian/Inspirational Playlist, a Jazz playlist, Classical music, a Christmas songs playlist, and then there’s my “Mary Did You Know?” playlist. I have about fifteen versions of that song on a soundtrack. That song gives me goosebumps, and I get emotional every time I listen. As much as I love music, I must change things when writing, reading, or researching for a book.
My late father adored classical music. I used to think it was “boring” when I was younger. However, things have changed. When I write about my daddy, I love to play classical music. I embrace the emotion, feel close to him as the music plays, and write about my memories of him. It’s not sadness but joy because I know I will see him again in heaven one day. He is no longer in pain and is enjoying, I’m sure, being in the presence of God.
Nevertheless, I want to hear anonymous jazz music when I’m writing. I enjoy it when studying my bible, researching for a book, or even praying. I don’t want there to be any familiarity with the music playing because then it becomes a distraction. It interferes with my thinking and disrupts my thought processes. I want to hear music that I don’t recognize. Music that doesn’t affect my focus and intention. This is not the time for my favorite soundtracks.
Are you aware that there are “soundtracks” that play in everyone’s mind that can be destructive, debilitating, and downright painful? These soundtracks are filled with words reminding us of what we’ve been told we can’t or shouldn’t do. From a young age, most of us have compiled a soundtrack in our minds from well-intentioned family members, friends, teachers, co-workers, and possibly even strangers.
Words warning us to “be careful” may have caused us to live cautiously or fearfully. Those words play in our minds, causing us to doubt ourselves and our God-given dreams. God’s intended purpose is delayed because we succumb to the doubts and fears as the soundtrack repeats in our minds.
Take a moment to stop and think. Are there any destructive soundtracks playing negative music in your mind? Maybe it’s a teacher or professor you looked up to. Someone you assumed understood you, someone you trusted, planted weeds of doubt that still strangle your growth today. We all have those soundtracks that have permeated our thoughts over the years. That is why God instructs us to guard our minds.Once we belong to Jesus, our thinking has to change. Our thoughts have to be on Him, and our hearts will overflow with hope. Click To Tweet
“God’s Word calls us to a renewing if our minds. That means trading in our old perceptions, opinions, ideas, beliefs, and self-centered attitudes for a new set of perceptions , opinions, ideas, beliefs, and atitudes that God develops in us. These godly responses are nutured by a regular reading of Scripture and meditating on what’s been read in the Bible.” -Dr. Charles Stanley.
Uploading New Soundtracks
As the late Dr.Stanley mentioned, we can’t renew our minds without God’s help. Developing willpower is fantastic, but relying on the strength of an all-powerful God is even better! It’s life-changing, transforming, and necessary if you want to let the music play! Envigorating musical tunes full of hope and joy, overflowing with examples of faith and God’s unmatched and never-ending faithfulness.
These are just a few reasons why it is essential to make time, no, make it a priority, to read God’s Word. As a follower of Christ, you must do everything you can to create new soundtracks in your mind that remind you who you are in Christ and that you can do all things through Him who gives you strength (Phil. 4:13).
Are You Ready for New Music?
So, what about it? Are you ready to embrace a new soundtrack? Music that encourages and inspires offers hope and instruction provides direction and guidance, and, most importantly, reminds you that you are loved unconditionally.
Nothing can stand in your way when you “renew your mind” with God-inspired soundtracks! FAITH replaces fear and doubt—no more debilitating second-guessing or procrastination. You can move forward in whatever God has inspired you for 2024.
“You have the ability to determine what you think. At any time, you can refocus your mind on a new topic, task, or problem to solve instead of negative thinking that will steal your peace and /or cause you to venture into rebellion or sin. You have the ability to say, “I choose to trust God,” in any situation you face or thought you have. –Dr. Charles F. Stanley.
No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allowed you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide a way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13.
This verse is a Godsend. Hold it close to your heart. Don’t let the temptations or the thoughts/soundtracks win. Look to Jesus! Sometimes, these situations are initiated by Satan, but they can also help to STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH. Remember, God is in control. HE SEES YOU. Harmful and destructive thoughts are not from Him. You must let His music play in your mind and cherish it in your heart.
I pray this post inspires you to examine the soundtracks affecting your behaviors, thought processes, and even those around you! The mind is an incredible, beautiful thing. However, our thoughts play a massive role in how we behave. That’s why corporations spend millions of dollars for thirty to sixty-second commercials for this year’s Super Bowl. They understand how the mind works and what we remember affects our thoughts.
So, please ask God to reveal any “destructive soundtracks” that remain in your mind. Once He reveals them, ask for His help in “renewing your mind.”Focus on godly things, not what fallible people share with “good intentions.” If someone's advice does not align with God's Word, keep on moving! Don't let it linger in your mind. Click To Tweet Commit this verse to memory. (Maybe a sticky note for this one?)
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whaever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and any thing worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8.
One final note: Be sure to guard yourself from spreading your “destructive soundtrack” to those you influence- those you love and care about. You’ve lived through it with God’s help; now encourage others with the new music that influences your mind- a soundtrack that encourages, inspires, uplifts, and is kind toward others. It is no longer about you but the ONE who lives inside you.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Commit to being FAITHFUL in your Bible reading and meditation this year. Developing “NEW SOUNDTRACKS” is a lifelong process because the enemy remains diligent because He knows his days are numbered. Let the new music play in your life!
Horace Williams Jr.
Horace Williams Jr is the oldest son of a pastor who went to be with Jesus in 2020. He is an award-winning author and amateur chef who loves Jesus Christ. His passion for Christ inspires readers to draw nearer to the God who loves them.