Awhile back my teenage son and I were having a conversation about music. We’ve been going on a lot of road trips since the summer began and he’s wanted to play DJ while in the van. I’m okay with that. I like his music, but I noticed he ONLY has Christian songs.
Don’t get me wrong. I listen to KSBJ or Air1 ALL the time, but for a teenage boy to have nothing but Christian music on his playlist, I was a little surprised. So, I said, “Honey. You know you’re allowed to listen to secular music right? Your father and I don’t have rules that you can’t. You know that right?”
He smiled big and said, “I know.”
Guys, I’ve entered the stage in motherhood where I’m no longer parenting by discipline, but by influence. That’s not to say there is no discipline in our house, because my kids would be the first to tell you there are definitely consequences when you mess up in our house. But my kids are older now. They are watching my husband and I so closely and seeing if what we believe is outwardly lived by our actions.
I listen to nothing but Christian music. It wasn’t a choice I made. It wasn’t a rule I placed on myself. It was the need for daily encouragement. I purposely surround myself with truth and it makes ME feel better during the day. It reminds ME to sit and breathe at His feet. And now my son sees the need for it in his life.
So, that’s what this child of mine told me. He told me, “Mom. I like Christian music. I feel better when I listen to it. What are you going to do with a pop song? You can’t raise your arms and worship God in praise to one of those songs. It just feels weird.”
I get it.
You need that encouragement too.
One of my favorite songs these days is Breathe by Jonny Diaz. If you haven’t heard it, take a listen:
I haven’t heard the story behind this song, but I BET Jonny Diaz was thinking of Mary and Martha the whole time he wrote it.
“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”” Luke 10:38-42 ESV
Who do you relate to? As much as I hate to admit it, I’m TOTALLY Martha. I see a list of things that need to be done and I’m consumed with doing it.
BREATHE? How can I breathe with all these men in my house who are hungry? Someone has to feed them.
REST? Who has time to rest with all this work that needs to be done?
But this song reminds me of Mary. How she made the decision to rest at Jesus’ feet and take in all His words, all His grace, all of His truth, and all His love. That’s the beauty of this song. It reminds you to stop the crazy life and rest in what’s important in this life.