On Day 37 I spoke about the powerful nature of a song I dedicated to my wife, and how listening to a song you’ve dedicated to someone can bring you to tears of either anger or bliss.
As an entrepreneur, I need my mind focused in as much of the RIGHT NOW as possible. I don’t want it stuck too far ahead, and I don’t want it lingering behind.
I also want my mind in as much positivity as possible. I have to curb my enthusiasm to watch the news, surround myself with positive people, and….here’s one you probably have never heard….listen to POSITIVE music.
What do I mean by positive music? I have songs we turn to when I’m upset, depressed, sick of it all, and wanting to escape my reality. Music I loved in high school, a different relationship in my life, a different season I was far from God. I’ll start listening to music that has nothing to do with where I want to go in life. It’s like a drug.
Here’s the trick I’ve learned, and its also a method Nehimiah and Ezra used in Chapter 11. What I’ve done is create a playlist of awesome Christian lyric songs that keep me in a state of THANKSGIVING. If I’m constantly being reminded to give thanks to God, my mind is ready to receive the opportunities He has for me and it keeps my eyes looking straight ahead, keeping the course.
We all have tools to take us back to depressing times. It can be music, food, alcohol, drugs, other people, maybe an old stomping ground. But God wants us to stay in a mode of THANKSGIVING so we can keep moving forward.
Nehemiah 12:31 says
I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate.
You know the songs that remind you of God, and what he’s done for you. Songs that literally bring you to your knees. In that moment of glorious surrender, God meets you and positivity and thanksgiving enter your body.
What if every morning we had 2 or 3 songs we played that lined up our hearts and got us ready for the day? What about playing a couple in the car, on the way to work. Let’s make it a habit to give thanks to God through song.