What you listen to can lead your thoughts astray

Sisters in Grace
Tina Trout Terrell and
Christie Trout Stephens

“Now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8.

Music has a way of taking over.  If you are like me, it can move through your whole body making some part start moving to the beat… sometimes even unintentionally. It might be a foot tap, or it may be a full-on “shake, shake, shake – shake your booty.” Whatever it is, it’s rhythm sets the stage for the movement- fast or slow, crazy or relaxed.
My kids are a lot like me. They enjoy music and dancing. Sadly, one or two of them may have inherited their father’s moves, but we’re working on that. We all like to rock out to music. I used to crank up the radio as we were headbanging down the road, or I’d giggle with the kids as they took turns creating silly dance moves the others tried to imitate. Lately, however, even our normal radio station has caused me to really start listening to lyrics of songs. They have been playing music that I do not want my children singing along to. Some songs have really awesome beats, but the lyrics are disgusting.
I know I can’t keep my children in a bubble, and eventually they will hear things like this from friends or television. But it is my job as their parent to help protect them as much as possible. Touchpoints for Students states, “As Christians, we should protect our mind from things that are not pure. We should avoid music that leads us to think about untrue, dishonorable, unadmirable, unlovely, or impure things.” We now switch between a Christian radio station and a family-friendly station to rock out to in the car.
God is the creator of music. “The Lord your God has arrived to live among you…He will exult over you by singing a happy song.” Zephaniah 3:17. What are you listening to, and where is it leading your thoughts?
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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is set for July 14, 15, and 16 from 9 a.m to noon for PreK3 through fifth-graders. We hope you can join us.
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First United Methodist Church of Diboll has much to offer!
Sunday School – We have a class for every age and every way! From the very young to the young at heart, we have something for you. We offer couples classes, women’s, men’s, and children’s Sunday school along with Youth each week. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. each Sunday morning. Join us for coffee fellowship at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
Children and Youth Ministry- U.M.Y.F., United Methodist Youth Fellowship, is a time of connection and fellowship for young adults grades 6-12. Youth meet Wednesdays at 6:30 and Sunday evenings at 3:30. The Young United Methodist Youth, Y.U.M.Y.’s, meet weekly at 3:30-5:30 on Sundays. YUMY’s provides worship for children grades PK4-5th grade.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors!