I love music. From the musical scores in movies to going to a concert. Music has often been one of my happy places. A few months back though I realized just how much music has an impact on me emotionally. I knew I needed to make a change.
DOES THE MUSIC YOU LISTEN TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON YOU?
Back in December when Christmas music had taken over everywhere we set our radio in the car permanently to Praise 106.5 because they played Christmas music all day. We often listened to this station before but we’d flip channels if something wasn’t upbeat or there was a commercial on the radio.
Come the New Year, Praise asked it’s listeners to take the “New Year, New You Challenge”. The radio station was inviting its listeners to continue listening through January when the Christmas music was turned off and they went back to their usual music and broadcasting. They asked that you listen for a few minutes every day for 30 days. That was it.
WHAT PRAISE SAID THEY SUSPECTED WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU TOOK THE CHALLENGE:
- Feel encouraged by hope in the music.
- Find a greater sense of God’s direction for your life.
- Be smiling at someone on the road rather than honking.
- Have an outlook on life that is more positive. Because what goes in…tends to come out.
Could listening to a radio station actually have an impact on me in 30 days? I knew that I was often feeling grumpy, stressed and not uplifted when listening to other radio stations and the music they played. Would this be something that would make me feel better? I wasn’t sure but I decided to find out.
It’s now been over 4 months since I took the challenge and really has made a difference for me. There’s been the odd time where other radio stations are playing when I am out and about in places where I have no control over it and I find I pay more attention to what is said in the lyrics. It’s not just background noise. A lot of the time I am not liking what I am hearing and I’ve realized if I don’t like it, do I want my kids hearing that?
SINCE TAKING THE CHALLENGE
This is why currently in our car you will only hear Praise 106.5 on the radio, Disney, and CDs we own. It’s not to say our girls won’t be exposed to secular music and mainstream radio. I’m sure they will be, especially if they are like me and love music! I do hope that they will pay attention to what is being said in the songs and make a decision about it that way. This is something we decided to try for me.
I am calmer when driving (yup, definitely honking less and smiling more). I am often driving with the music turned up and singing a long now and I get to whatever my destination is happy and full of hope. It’s had an impact on me and challenged me as a Christian.
There are still days where I feel like an emotional rollercoaster, those are often the days the songs are playing loud and I am singing with them. I can’t even keep track of how many times I’ve turned on the radio only to have a song that feels like it was meant for me to hear right in that moment.
For now, I will continue to listen to this station and other worship music more often. I’ve cut a lot of other music out. Disney is also often on repeat. I know I’d rather hear my girls singing a long to Rend Collective’s “My Lighthouse” instead of something that’s really not appropriate at all.
Have you ever thought about switching up the music you listen to?