If you’ve worked in retail for any length of time, you’ve probably gotten sick of hearing the same music day after day. Or is that just me and my incredibly easily annoyed ears? Ha. Anyway, I’ve heard the same playlist of 70’s and 80’s hits every day since the day after Christmas. I didn’t know these songs before, so I end up hearing one random line of a song over and over in my head. Sometimes I wake up at night with a phrase repeating in my sleep. Sheesh.
I hate when this happens, so I decided to immediately start singing a different song as soon as I realize I’m meditating on the top hits from 1986. Right now my song of choice is, “Those who know Me know peace like a river, those who know Me know joy like a flood…” Not only does it get that annoying lyric out of my head (and if you like 80’s hits, more power to ya. It’s just not my thing), but it turns my thoughts to a different place. People who know the Lord have peace and joy. Amen. That’s so much better than “I sense the rains down in Africa” or whatever that person is trying to say.
Do you have an annoying lyric that plays in your head? I’m not talking about John Denver, I’m talking about thoughts of worry, fear, doubt, jealousy, or insecurity. Do those themes control your thoughts? Do you wake up at night worried or afraid?
You need to pick a different song.
He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. – Psalm 40:3
By day the Lord commands His steadfast love, and at night His song is with me. -Psalm 42:8
Having a new song begins when you have a personal relationship with Jesus. That’s a one-time decision. From that point on, it’s up to us what we allow to fill our thoughts each day. Here are a few ways we can direct our thoughts back to that new song when the annoying music begins to play:
- Write Scripture verses on index cards and place them strategically in your home
- Fill your home with encouraging printables (here’s my Pinterest board with lots of good ones!)
- Play uplifting music in your car and at home
What will be on your playlist today?