About two years ago I was trying to deepen my relationship with God and decided to give up any music that was not Christian. In the beginning it was hard. It was hard not to listen to those fun upbeat songs that make you want to tap your feet. But I quickly realized what kind of influence secular music was having on me. The music videos were becoming R rated so seeing girls dress this way or act this way in really life was no longer a big deal to me. The words were so negative that my attitude was becoming increasingly negative. The subject matter of the songs never followed along with want God wants for our lives. So listening to this music was having a very negative influence on not only my life, but the lives of my children.
Very soon after giving up secular music I found myself worshipping more. I desired more of God. I also found that Christian music is so much fun! You can still tap your toes along to. My kids find it absolutely amazing when we read something in the Bible and it has become a popular Christian song. But that is the point. Christian music comes from God's Word. Many, many times, it comes straight from the Bible. Other times it is simply to encourage us. And boy does it!
My favorite radio station, Klove, offered a challenge to their listeners. For the month of January only listen to Christian music. I want to offer that challenge here. Find a great Christian station and leave the radio set on it. Pull out great Christian cds or set the ipod to only play Christian. At the end of the month see if your outlook is more positive. See if you felt more encouraged and uplifted. I can honestly say that listening to only Christian music will truly bless you. Another awesome effect of listening to Christian music is hearing the kiddos walking around singing songs of worship, not of loving a guy or hating the world. So turn up the Christian tunes and be encouraged!