The Soundtrack of Your Life

Elizabeth Hixson

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The scene is being set by the music.Tension fills the air as disturbing musical notes crescendo.

Fear begins to swell in the minds of the movie watchers.

It is hard to watch.

It is even harder to listen.

The music’s soundtrack takes over.

 

What is Heard

Consider how a soundtrack can take control. Jaws has a soundtrack that greatly influences the way a person experiences the film. Try watching a scene from Jaws on mute – without the soundtrack playing.  What you see is likely dramatic, but not really too scary.   However, Jaws becomes ten times more frightening when you are watching it to the spine-chilling musical arrangement.  It is a soundtrack composed to create a sense of dread in the movie watchers.  What is heard influences what is experienced.

 

We Choose the Soundtrack

Are not our lives as Christ-followers like this?  What we listen to in our hearts greatly influences the way we live. Let’s call it the soundtrack of our lives – the musical arrangements that play out in our souls.  Do we listen to the soothing reassurance of our Abba Father? It is His soundtrack of love that will anchor us in the midst of a distressing situation.  Yet maybe sometimes we let the sinister tones of Satan’s soundtrack cause us to become twisted with fear.  In our hearts we pull the pillow over our eyes like we would in a scary scene of a movie.  What is listened to influences what is lived out.

 

Author Steven Furtick (2014) calls the negative soundtracks we listen to the “Chatterbox.”  In his book, Crash the Chatterbox, he says, “I used to think that someone who struggled with the kinds of weaknesses I deal with daily was useless to God.  I felt so often like I was drowning in internal dialogue I couldn’t control.  It had been the soundtrack of my life as long as I could remember…Yet everything changed when I began to realize God has given us the ability to choose the dialogue we believed and respond to…Choosing to believe this, moment by moment, and action on it is the most important habit you will ever develop.” Furtick (2014) continues, “The voice you believe will determine the future you experience.”

 

Change the Soundtrack

Maybe right now you can identify you have been interpreting your life situation – that car accident, the divorce, the new job, the depression, or the health concern – by the wrong soundtrack. It is not Abba Father’s voice (Romans 8:15). Maybe you did not even realize it until now, but you are listening to a soundtrack of shame or insecurity.  It is influencing the way you see your situation.  This intimidating music playing in your soul is so loud you are having a hard time not being afraid.  It feels like a scene from Jaws, just it is happening in your heart.

 

My friend, it’s good we can together realize were created for God’s music to accompany our situations, not the lies of Satan.  Let us be angry at the Enemy, not ourselves, and turn away from his lies.  Children of God are wired to hear God’s voice (John 10:16), because we have Christ alive in our hearts (Galatians 2:20) to help us hear God.  Be free in this realization.  We can change the soundtrack!

 

He’s Always On

There was a time in my own life where the negative soundtrack that was playing so loud intimidated me.  It was a soundtrack of fear.  I desperately wanted to make it stop.  God provided many different reassurances of His love.  One way He helped me tune into His soundtrack again was through a song.  I did not even seek the song out myself.  One day when I turned on my cellphone, the song “Abba Father” by Planetshakers started playing.

How great is Your love for me

That You gave up Your Son for me

Now I am alive and free

Father I love You, Father I love You

 

Abba Father, Your love is never-ending

There’s no other love like Yours

In Your presence my heart is overflowing

Father I am Yours

(Planetshakers, n.d.)

 

It was at the moments I needed to hear those song lyrics the most, God seemed to allow my cellphone to switch automatically on to the song.  It has become of the soundtracks of my life.

 

In our lives, God is always speaking to us – through His Word, music, sunsets, people we encounter, etc.  His soundtrack of love is always “on.”

 

Ask His Help

What is the predominate soundtrack of your life?  Whose voice do you listen to?

As you walk through the day, ask the Holy Spirit to help you make Christ’s love the soundtrack of your life – what you listen to, what accompanies your experiences.  Ask Him to enable you to turn off the voice of the enemy so you can tune into His.

 

 “Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning for I am trusting in you.  Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you” (Psalm 143:8, NLT).

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