“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Philippians 4:4, NLT
Remember Pigpen from the Charlie Brown comics? It seemed like everywhere he went, he was surrounded by a depressing cloud of dirt and dust.
Ever felt like Pigpen?
The truth is, we create an atmosphere around us by virtue of the people we associate with, the music we listen to, the places we go, the things we read, the videos we watch, the conversations we participate in, the thoughts we entertain and the words we say. When we live in the “dirty atmosphere” stirred up by negativity, it’s no fun and we’re no fun.
We can change the atmosphere around us by choosing godly, joyful and faith-filled things.
One simple place to start is with your music! Think about the power of a song. What songs instantly lift you up, put a pep in your step or fire you up for a workout? What songs help you sense the Lord’s presence, love and goodness? On the other hand, what songs incite anger, self-pity and depression? What songs tempt you to live in a way that doesn’t please the Lord? What could happen this year if you decided you’d only listen to uplifting, faith-filled songs? I guarantee you’d sense God’s presence more regularly and you’d have a continual cloud of joy surrounding you every day.
God knows that when we choose to live in an atmosphere of joy it’s good for us and those around us. Why not create an atmosphere of joy that surrounds and follows you?
Here’s how: make a playlist of 10 songs that instantly make you happy, help you feel upbeat and bring you joy. Then, listen to them every day! I know it sounds too simple -- I know it’s basic! :) But, trust me -- it will work for you. Do this for the next 30 days and if you don’t experience a greater degree of joy in your life, let me know! (As a jumpstart, I created a playlist for our church family last year -- the top 40+ songs that help me draw near to the Lord, stir up my faith and love for the lost and keep me full of joy -- feel free to check out my playlist on Spotify. FYI -- it’s full of “old school” songs from an eclectic mix of genres and I still love ‘em all! You can find it by searching “Soundtrack of the Heart” playlist.)
Have fun stirring up joy by putting the focus on your music for a while.