One of the most important tools I use to keep my faith top of mind most often is music. Faith based music provides an encouraging and uplifting way to focus on the messages of faith. As I have stated in earlier posts, around Christmas of 1998 I was looking for something different on the radio and I came across a Christian radio station that was playing faith based Christmas music. It was during the Christmas season that year that I began a transformation.
I didn’t know it at that time but God was definitely beginning to chisel away the old me who was only concerned with where I was working, how much money I was making, what others could do to help me, etc. I was like many people focused more on self and less on God. It is so easy to do…..the world we live in constantly encourages us to only be concerned about me, myself and I. Even after Christmas I continued to listen to this station. I had thoughts like “what would this person think if they knew what I was listening to?” As I enjoyed the hymns on the radio in the car to and from work I heard artists like Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman and BeBe and CeCe Winans. They sang songs with messages from the Bible. Some top songs from that time were:
Angels – by Amy Grant
The Throne – by Michael W. Smith
More To This Life – by Steven Curtis Chapman
Heaven – BeBe and CeCe Winans
I really began to enjoy hearing these messages every day. I have continued to listen to the same station everywhere I can for the last 15 years. I always have it on in my office, in my car and at home (whenever the kids don’t have the radio control). The kids know many Christian songs and call the station Dad’s radio station. At some point, I don’t know when, my wife started listening daily. The impact this constant reminder has had in my life and in the life of my family is immeasurable.
The enemy uses so many resources in this world to distract us from God and God’s plan for our lives through other music, TV, movies and news that we all need something to bring us back to God. I was just thinking at church recently ‘I remember when I would only spend about an hour a week focusing on God in worship’…..I imagine my life would be very different today if I was still only giving God about an hour a week. That means I would be spending way too much time worrying about things I can’t control, working too much trying to climb the corporate ladder, feeling rejected and dejected when things didn’t go my way.
Hearing the messages of faith through Christian music every day for me has been an essential way to stay focused on what really matters…..how I treat others and how I can serve God in our community. I encourage you to find your source of inspiration to stay focused on God each day. It will probably be trying something new but give it a shot and see what God has planned for you.
Peace to you.