A Monthly Devotional, by Michaela Popielski.
So, for this month’s devotion, I didn’t quite know what to write about so I thought I’ll go free hand with this one so to speak. One thing that I’ve been thinking about is music and how it affects our lives, moods and over all view of life. This may sound similar to my sister’s blog but I’ve been chewing on this for a while. I can’t remember if I’ve written on this subject before, but from what I’m feeling as I type this, I think I am on the right track. Last night I was trying to sleep and couldn’t. I tried everything, even listening to worship music. The worship music was the only thing that calmed me down. I still come couldn’t sleep till about 1 but it got me thinking about how what we watch and listen to effect us.
The saying “The eyes are the window to the soul,” is so true. We may not feel effects now but we might eventually. I’m not saying secular music is bad. It all depends on the question if you let it effect you. I know some people who listen to only worship music and that’s what works for them. Me, I listen to a mix. I limit my secular music to a certain amount but I still listen to it. Though, modern day secular artists, in my opinion can’t hold a candle to Bands such as Hillsong, Unhindered, Flyleaf and Skillet. Which my 3 year old niece likes. How cool is that? Anyway, back to subject. What I am trying to say is, music literally can make you a different person. Like say Evanescence. I’ve heard a few of their songs and I like them (the band) but I almost never listen to them. Basically I have my boundaries set and I don’t want to change them. Evanescence can make you depressed. The singer’s voice and the lyrics combined, from my perspective, can either make you thoughtful or depressed. At times both. I’m not telling what to listen to and what not to. That’s between you, God, and probably your parents.
How we manage our media intake can effect our families as well as us. Even though you are the one listening to the music, they need to figure out how to handle your mood. If you have one. On some people, Evanescence and similar bands don’t even have an effect. It’s a heart/soul issue. When I was addicted to reality crime shows and my heart was literally being hardened and I was thinking about how to get away with a crime, I talked to my parents and they both said I was worrying them. That hurt me but I said that I wasn’t serious. Finally when I was telling my mom I thought I was having trouble sleeping because of my crime shows. She agreed and told me to ask myself something, “Is this what Jesus and his friends would watch on a Friday night?” I was thinking about it and realized I was thinking about and watching exactly what He despised. Murder, robbery, pain and greed. I turned on some worship music to calm my nerves and almost instantaneous, started crying. And I mean, crying. I hadn’t realized how hardened I had become to that stuff. (I had been watching crime shows for about 2 or 3 years.) But that’s a different subject. Or is it? It’s still media.
Media has a bigger effect on our lives than ever. Though I’m pretty sure we have all noticed it. They’ve even went beyond some boundaries on the radio. What I don’t get is that they allow some profanity that according to them isn’t bad as long as there is nothing else. Aren’t they all the same thing though regardless? Cussing? Each word is just as bad as the other. Most lyrics don’t only have profanity. I’ve had to turn off the radio countless times due to content besides language. Like I said, I don’t listen to secular music all the time but when I do I usually listen closely and try to pick out the lyrics and I’ve found it’s easier to pick out stuff the closer I get with God.
It breaks my heart seeing what reality is becoming. It’s almost made me want to go back to the early days. I Love Lucy or Happy Days anyone? Try to imagine this, if the media is bad now then what is it going to be like for our future kids? And I’m not just talking about crime shows. Almost any show now is dirty or bad in someway. My nieces can’t even watch Nickelodeon anymore due to that stuff. I guess as I finish this paragraph I want you guys to ask yourselves two questions: 1.) “How is this affecting me now compared to before?” and 2.) “Would Jesus join me in watching this?” I guess that concludes this month’s devotional sermon.
Until next time,
Apr. 1 – Rom. 4:17, Rom.8:12, Isa.6
Apr. 2 – Phil.4:8, Rev.17, Hosea 6
Apr. 3 – Luke 18:1-14, Ps.199: 25, 32
Apr. 4 – Ps.36
Apr. 5 – Isa. 25, John 4:27- 38
Apr. 6 – Acts 8:26-40, Rev. 18
Apr. 7 – John 11:35, 1 Thess. 2:12, Mark 4:38, 5:38
Apr. 8 – Isa. 7, Titus 2:11-15, Eph. 4:11-16
Apr. 9 – Gen.24 Hosea 7,
Apr. 10 – John 13:1-17, John 16:5-16
Apr. 11 – Acts 4:23-37, 1 Cor. 2:6-16
Apr. 12 – 1 Cor. 9:19-23, 1 Cor. 14, Rev.19
Apr. 13 – 1 Cor. 15-16
Apr. 14 – 2 Cor. 2:5-11, Heb.9:11-28
Apr. 15 – 2 Cor. 2:12-17, Rev. 20
Apr. 16 – 2 Kings 5
Apr. 17 – 2 Cor. 2:5-6 Isa. 6
Apr. 18 – Hosea 8, John 15:1-17
Apr. 19 – Isa.7
Apr. 20 – Rev.21, Isa. 8
Apr. 21 – Ps. 150, 56
Apr. 22 – John 15:18-27
Apr. 23 – Hosea 9
Apr. 24 – Philemon 1, Isa.9
Apr. 25 – 1 John 4:1-6
Apr. 26 – Gen 26, Rev.22
Apr. 27 – Amos 4, John 3:16-17
Apr. 28 – Micah 4:1-5, 6
Apr. 29 – Ps.37
Apr. 30 – Isa. 9