Posted by: Kris Lindsey | January 10, 2014

Day 5 – Listen to the Music

Now, what was the number of that Christian radio station I listen to in my car? I opened my stereo cabinet and turned on the radio. Let’s see. 103.5? A Pop song with a catchy beat blared. No, that’s not it. I pushed the scan button to 103.7, then 103.9. Ahh, a familiar Christian song. That was the one.

I walked to the kitchen and listened while I fixed my lunch. Then I picked up my plate and be-bopped over to the table, singing along with Toby Mac in my head.  I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul. I continued bobbing up and down after I sat. This is the rhythm my heart beats to—great music with lyrics I can live by.

As I stabbed lettuce dribbled with Thousand Island dressing, choruses and phrases caught my attention and I found myself thinking about what they meant, and how those Godly principles applied to me. While I chewed my bread and butter, I wondered what I normally thought about while eating lunch. Nothing so significant, for sure.

I walked back to the kitchen to the tune of “Who Am I” by Casting Crowns.

“and You told me who I am…”

I leaned down to open the dishwasher.

“I am Yours.”

A wave of warmth pounded my heart, stopping me in mid-motion.

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That’s all that really matters. Not what I can accomplish, but that I am His—a child of God.

Listening to Christian music today ramped up my enthusiasm, hit my heart, and helped focus my thoughts on Jesus.  From now on, I am definitely going to incorporate more Christian music into my day.

I did hit some setbacks, though. The only Christian radio station I get in my house has so many commercials, and I’m not so fond of the song selection on the TV Christian music channel. But with all the technology today, I’m sure I can find a way to listen to the songs I like. Near the end of this Challenge, I’ll have an exercise goal of compiling songs on a CD, digital device, or Pandora-type service.

Below is tomorrow’s “Connection Challenge” exercise:

Premise: To receive God’s power and peace in my life, I need to be connected to Jesus (John 15:4-5).

Guidelines: For 21 days, my only goal will be to connect with Jesus throughout each day. I can also do any other activity if I can do it with Jesus.

Connection Aid: Day 6, Saturday January 11: Take Jesus with me

Jesus assured us He would always be with us (Matt. 28:20). To help remind myself that Jesus is with me, I will envision Him standing, sitting, and walking with me as I go through my day.

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