Christian Music Challenge (JUNE)

In case it’s not obvious, I’m a Christian.

Being a Christian is not always easy, especially when it comes to establishing a lifestyle that’s situated in the world we live in. There are so many distractions that go against what we believe or understand as true. And there’s a lot of pressure to just live like everyone else and not live or act like you’re different. For me, a huge struggle is giving up things that don’t particularly point me in the direction of God, but rather point me to something else like sin…

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.
— Philippians 4:8 (The Bible)

Music Is Life

Music is a big part of my life, and I listen to everything, really. But I notice that at times I do tend to listen to songs that have a lot of triggers on depression, lust, lies, self-harm, selfishness, and negative topics really that have zero to do with God. I like Philippians 4:8 that tells us to think of pure and admirable things. And I feel like 88% of the music I listen to doesn’t really match with that verse. So, to get my mindset right, why not try and fill my mind with music that does?

Christian Music Sucks!

Now, I typically don’t like Christian music, mostly because I generalise it with mainstream Christian radio music, which is so basic and non-imaginative, and quite frankly super monotonous and uniform. BUT there’s some good stuff out there like the worship music that gets me in a mood of praise. But, what about just good, casual Christian music? Like the equivalent to what I’d listen to in the shower or when I’m just doing random things? That’s kind of what I’m on the search for in doing this challenge.

The Challenge

This is a challenge to me because I’m a sucker for youtube recommends, and there’s always some good stuff on there that I come to discover. But now I have to purposefully look for Christian artists and playlists. So the main rules are:

  • Explicitly Christian music

  • Instrumentals count (like piano covers or just electronic stuff, as long as the musician is a Christian one)

  • Christian radio in the car only

  • Limited amount of skips on streaming devices (so that I have to tolerate a genre or artist or instrumentation that I typically wouldn’t listen to)

That’s pretty much it. I tried to start this on June 3rd, where I already failed within a couple of hours, but then I decided to start again later in the day! My goal is to go 30 days straight without secular music. I kind of want to see what change that will have on my mood and mental state especially. I also want to see if it will help me feel closer to God and give God more credit than I do on a day to day basis, and to incorporate him more in my life rather than on occasion.