Under the Influence of Good Music and Fellowship

Good afternoon everyone,

It has been some time since my last blog post and I am very sorry about that. Life has gotten busy! We run around meeting people, doing errand’s, driving our children to activities, picking up groceries and much more. With that being said, we seem to be spending more time in our cars then actually at home. For a moment, I would like you to think about your experience when you are in your car. What comes to mind? I bet you first thought about traffic! What about the drive-through? Do you have music in the background? My point here is, they probably are not positive things.

This morning I had the pleasure of meeting my friend Katherine for coffee. We fellowshipped as we sipped on coffee and ate some delicious blueberry muffins! “These can’t be good for you … they are way too GOOD” Katherine said after just one bite! I have to agree with that statement! As we talked the subject of influence we felt by our culture came up. The situation I asked you to think about regarding your experience in the car, was to ask you this: What type of music are you listening to when you are rushing about? For some it could be rock, hip hop, classical. How many said Christian music? I know I didn’t.

Now, few people are like my friend Katherine. She listens to really nothing but Christian music. I thought about the affect music can bring on our mood. Typically, when I am in the car, I listen to the Mix (101.1). It’s not bad, but it could be better. This morning I listened to K-Love, a Christian station preprogramed in my car. I noticed my mood change as I was driving. With listening to the positive messages my mood was uplifted. Even while you are driving, leaving positive music, more specifically Christian music on, your mood will change. 

I will admit, I swear when I drive. That is wrong! I get worked up over the little things. Example, people who do not understand what a signal is for. This upsets me which leads to swearing. I know they can’t hear me, so why should it matter? It is the way we conduct ourselves. The way we act in a church should not just be thrown out the window when we are not. The way we conduct ourselves should be universal.

Because I think change is needed I am issuing a challenge:

  1. Nothing but a Christian music for a week! This means at home, in the car, at the gym … everywhere!
  2. No swearing! If you wouldn’t say it at Church … don’t say it at all!

To start the challenge off right, I have pre-programed by Pandora to only Christian stations. I have deleted all other stations so there is no temptation. I have also deleted all other music I have added to my personal library on my phone. Don’t freak out people, it can be put back on later!!!! Lastly, I have told my friends and family what I plan to do so they can hold me accountable. Let’s go people!!! I hope you a blessed day. Remember, you are loved.

The Organic Christian  

Why?

This has to be, the most asked question on the face of this planet. We often walk around with this, chip, on our shoulder. This “why” question is something we lug around with us. Why did this happen to me? Why would God allow this to happen? I have a question for you, could all this be your fault? Before you go and get mad, hear me out. When you ask the question “why”, I would like you to go through some questions of your own to figure out where to place the blame. These question were posed first by Senior Pastor Bill Hybil, and they are as follows:

1. Did I cause this pain?

2. Is this pain a result of another humans carelessness?

– My parents made the decision to get a divorce, I had to live with the results of that choice.

3. Are these acts of God (natural disasters)?

4. Did this come straight from evil himself?

The question I ask all the time is, God, why do you allow such horrible things to happen in this world? Aside from the presence of an evil being, I can not figure out how an adult can harm a child. Who tells you, “tell that lie”?  Who put the idea into Hitlers head to gas millions of people? BLUE PRINTS WERE DRAWN UP!!!!! There were people sitting around who build those machines for the sole purpose of killing other people. And a lot of people ask, “Why would God allow this?” God made us to have free will. God could have made us like robots, serving him. How meaningful would that be? By us coming to him, by our own will, means so much more.

There are four truths that I believe you can hold onto when things get hard.

1. God is never the author or evil.

-John 1:5 ( The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.)

2. God will always limit the amount of evil that will come your way.

-God knows better then anyone else, the limits you have. When you find yourself thinking that you just cannot take it anymore remember something, that is you and I saying this … You need to trust in God and know that he will limit the evil that comes your way.

3. Gods presence is never more real than in the eye of the storm. 

-Psalm 34:18 (The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.)

4. God will eventually weave the pain into a blessing.

-Romans 8:28 ( And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.)

I asked a lot of questions to God. I bet you have too. Remember, in the moments where you feel like you could not handle anymore, God is there and he will help you. It is by free will he has made you, and by this token, how he has made others. Do not be frustrated by the choices of others. Simply know that God is with you and will turn this pain into a blessing.

-The Organic Christian