Music and the Mind: A challenge

This past Saturday, I threw out the challenge to BreakDown to listen to nothing but Christian music for a time. I didn’t say how long. I just put it out there. Well I am now giving it more definitions for myself and whether anyone joins me won’t make a difference. It would be awesome if others would be inspired to join with me, but I am doing this mainly for myself. I am going to commit to listen to nothing but Christian music and radio for a month(until July 15), and I will make an attempt to go longer than that. To some of you this may seem silly and really hard (maybe impossible). To others of you it may seem ridiculously easy. Good for you!

I am not saying that all secular music is wrong or anything like that. I listen to many secular artists and even secular radio. There are some songs out there that are just plain fun songs. Then there are others that have that really catchy tune and words that get so stuck in your head, but are not really the greatest things to be listening to. Like Kesha’s song “Tik Tok”. This is not the worst out there, but it’s one that (I’ll admit) gets stuck in my head and I like to sing along with on the radio. So it’s not like I’m pointing fingers at all.
Okay, now that we have that down, I’ll explain why I am doing this. I am doing this because it can be a slippery slope for me when I start to let the lines fade on what I’m listening to. Slowly I become less and less aware of just how bad the music I’m listening to is getting. My attitude and mind set begins to change. Even my focus shift from Jesus and growing closer to Him, to myself and want I want, what I want to do, when and how I want to do it. Everything is effect in some way. So, I am doing this to “sensitize” myself. To completely put my focus back on God. I have done this in the past, and it is amazing how after the time of listening to nothing but Christian, I listen to secular songs that I used to like and I can’t believe that I liked them. I’m not always surprised because only because they might be inappropriate or in the grey area, but also because some times I am just surprised how empty, stupid, and pointless some are.
This is why I am doing this. It’s not going to kill you. Trust me I have done this before, survived, and I am doing it again. Think about, if it is really so hard to join me in this, then isn’t most likely that music would be considered an idol? I’m just putting that out there. I just want teens and young adults to be challenged to reach their full potential. We can do big things guys! We have fire and passion! Put that energy, fire, and passion into use! Get your focus right, and GO!! We can be world changers!
Good luck to those of you who have decided to join with me in this challenge. I will do my best to keep you all updated.
God Bless!
Rachel
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