Do, re, me…the key of “G”, please

"It's ain't over until the fat lady sings."

“It’s ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”

When I was little, one of the first careers I wanted to have was to sing opera. I would go with my mom who volunteered to clean the church (It didn’t hurt that she rewarded me with a soft chocolate ice cream cone withsprinkles from Carvel—my fav!) where it was my job to vacuum the sanctuary, all while belting out whatever joyful noise sounded like opera to my young mind. If I haven’t told you already, mom was an incredible woman. One time while I was vacuuming she said, “Stop the vacuum! I hear an angel singing.” Now if that doesn’t raise a child’s confidence I don’t know what will.

By now I’m sure you realize that I’m not an opera singer, but still enjoy belting out the noise I’ve come to love. I joined the church choir once at Christmas (I think I felt bad that they didn’t have enough people to add volume to the program) and I love a variety of musical genres. When my son was little, I overheard him tell his music teacher, “My mom is weird. She likes all kinds of music: rock, black gospel, opera, 50’s, country, even Elvis and Tom Jones.” What he said was true and I love my Tom Jones.

Isn’t it funny how you can go years without hearing a song, but as soon as you do, the lyrics and memories start to flow? The older I get, I’m learning that MY music is becoming my nemesis. My current playlist includes my favorite Christian music, but it’s lost amidst my numerous secular songs, and I find it’s not enough to make my praise worthy. Of my non-faith songs, some make me happy, some make me feel whimsical and others that make my heart hurt. It’s these songs that get my mind thinking too much and many times take me back to bad places in my life that I’ve worked hard to overcome. (Isaiah 43:18) Some of the newer songs seem to open doors in my imagination that should never be opened. Because music has been a strong force in my life, I find it pulling me back in. It’s these times when I start to feel like I’m on a slippery slope and the enemy has his foot on my forehead pushing me down. Am I the only one with this struggle?

Throughout my struggle, I kept hearing that still small voice of the Lord nudging me to stop the distraction. The Bible eludes to the enemy being what we’d call the ‘choral director’ in heaven. (Ezekiel, Isaiah) It’s surmised that he was the master of music, so is it surprising that he uses music to lure his prey? Take a second and think about the influence music has on our young people and the culture today. It’s frightening. So why do we think we as Christian women are immune to it? We’re not.

What’s my cure for the musical blues? At first I tried to be quiet. For instance, I have a 40 minute drive each way to and from work. Well I can tell you that didn’t last long. The silence caused more mental chaos than having the music on. My mind runs in every direction and for the most part, not in a healthy way. God reminds us to make a joyful noise unto Him. (Psalm 100) That being said, I decided to put on the Christian radio station in the car and to reprogram my playlist to include only my favorite Christian artists, all of which was a no brainer–duh. Why couldn’t I have thought of that sooner (or maybe I just wasn’t ready or didn’t want to give up that part of my life)? I already play Christian music at my business all day and we prosper. We’re energized. We’re happy. We’re humming and for the bolder (like me and my gal pal Lisa) belting it out.

Am I tempted to switch the radio or channel surf? Absolutely, particularly during commercials or too much talk, but I don’t and it’s an internal battle. I admit whole-heartedly that I’m a music junky and I don’t say that flippantly. The Lord is very clear on not tending to things of the past and moving forward as a new creation in Him. (Philippians 3:13) Or as some might say, “We can’t serve two masters.” (Matthew 6:24) I like the biblical reference that you cannot put new wine into an old wine skin. (Luke 5:37)

In the end, I have to ask myself, “How can I lift up and praise God when my heart and mind are not clear of the lyrics and choruses of the past that want to lull me back?” In the opera, some have been known to say, “it ain’t over till the fat lady sings”. Well this chick is done making noise and is making a choice to sing unto the Lord. Will you join me for a duet?

Until next time, stay chic


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Isaiah 43:18 (NASB) Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.

Psalm 100:1 (NIV) Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.2Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Philippians 3:13 (ESV) Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:24 (NLT) No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money

Luke (5:37) And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins; the wine will run out

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