As I write this, I'm listening to the Uncomfortable album from Andy Mineo. I love hip hop/rap music. I admire the craft of telling a story through a meticulous manipulation of syllables. The best way to listen to rap music, or any music for that matter, is by sitting with some earbuds in so you can feel every beat and understand every word. It's not all that surprising that a writer wants to soak up the words in the music.
Listening to music is an ancient practice, yet the digital revolution has made more music more accessible than ever. This is a great thing...yes? Maybe...I think it all depends on who's in your ear. Don't miss the best part of the incredible amount of freedom that we have in accessing an endless library of songs. The best part is the choice. You don't like what you're hearing...change it.
It's a really simple concept, but it's so important.
Here's why. Who you let in your ear gets access to your mind. Who you allow to have access to your mind eventually gets access to your heart. Don't believe it? You don't have to, but it's true. Some of the most popular, catchy songs are called "earworms" because they get in your head and stay there for hours. It's incredible how easily we give up real estate in our mind to Carly Rae Jepsen or Idina Menzel.
"Did God really say...?"
These are the first recorded words of the devil recorded in Genesis 3:1. There he is trying to get in the ear of the first people and introduce a message that would lead to the destruction of all mankind. His aim is to steal, kill, and destroy and he'll settle for a subtle approach of staying in our ears, until our minds have been bent and eventually our hearts are compromised.
"Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it."
Choose wisely who you put in your ear. From friends to counsel to leaders to politicians...this goes well beyond music. Guarding our heart begins with guarding our ears. We can listen to message that encourage us to pursue the best things in life. The things that honor God. We can also listen to the smooth speech of those who really have our destruction in mind.
"For the lips of the adulterous woman drip
and her speech is smoother than oil;
but in the end she is bitter as gall,
sharp as a double-edged sword."
So...who's in your ear? Take a couple of minutes to consider the voices that speak the loudest. Are any of them encouraging? Do any of them point you to Jesus? If you don't like who's in your ear...change it.