Recordings run in the back of your mind at all times. You might find yourself exhausted even though you don’t have busy days, but you have that pending doctor’s visit or looming financial deadline you don’t notice in the front of your mind, and the thought easily pushes its way to the forefront anytime your mind is otherwise quiet. It’s not just “wants” coming down the road in your life that can affect your energy and focus. You might have repetitive messages you heard in past experiences and relationships. You might have current issues that impact you on a moment-by-moment basis.
It’s as if a song is playing on loop in the background of your mind. You continue to live out your daily life, many times not even acknowledging something other than what you’re focused upon exists in your mind, yet you catch yourself humming along with the background tune. You wonder why that tune—or thought—continues to pop into your mind.
While everything in your life impacts you in some way, not everything in your life needs to be recorded and saved, not to mention repeatedly replayed on a loop. Some things need to be deleted or downplayed or mixed with other experiences in order to give it the context it needs. You won’t be able to perfectly mix the soundtrack of your life. You don’t know all the available sounds and experiences of life, and you especially don’t know how everything can mix, compare, and complement. God does. He knows what you need to incorporate as a bass line or chorus and what needs to be compressed, cut, or diffused. God knows. Only he has the perspective you need. The soundtrack of your life changes, but he knows how to best transition from one verse to another. Trust him to record, and re-record, every note.
Dig Into God’s Word…
Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. (Matthew 6:33)
So prepare your minds for service and have self-control. All your hope should be for the gift of grace that will be yours when Jesus Christ is shown to you. Now that you are obedient children of God do not live as you did in the past. You did not understand, so you did the evil things you wanted. But be holy in all you do, just as God, the One who called you, is holy. (1 Peter 1:13-15)
So you must stop telling lies. Tell each other the truth, because we all belong to each other in the same body. (Ephesians 4:25)
You are my rock and my protection. For the good of your name, lead me and guide me. Set me free from the trap they set for me, because you are my protection. I give you my life. Save me, Lord, God of truth. (Psalm 31:3-5)
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. (John 8:32)
Live It Out Loud…
What song seems to move you every time you hear it? It comes to mind easily and is difficult to stop singing or humming. Play the song in its entirety, listening and soaking it in. Notice the details of transitions, background sounds, and repeated words you might not have noticed before. As you finish listening to the song, commit to letting God reveal to you the details of the recordings you’re playing in your life. Let him begin to re-record the perfect soundtrack of your life.