Saturday night, I had one of those “God is so Good!” moments as I glanced down the row at Key Arena and saw my eleven-year-old daughter and her friends rocking out to Toby Mac. They knew all the words to his songs, and their excitement to be taking in the experience brought a huge smile to my face. I thought to myself, how cool that we live in such a time when Christian music has exploded and my girls don’t “want” for the secular stuff. These artists on Saturday night, one after another, were so incredibly talented and their lyrics relevant to the joys and struggles of our day-to-day lives.
As a Mom, I’ve come to love the word “intentional”. Our home is buzzing with three kids, two girls ages 11 and 8, and our “trying to keep up” sword -wielding four-year-old boy. I’ve noted as my girls get into the pre-teens, the challenge of” being in the world but not of the world” has indeed started. I’ve pondered as a Mom, what exactly does that look like for a young Christian girl today? As natural as the desire is to have girlfriends to be silly with at this stage, so also is the natural love for music.
My husband and I have come to be intentional with the music that fills both our home and our cars (note: we need to turn in the suburban for a more fuel efficient car, we practically live in it!). When we’re piled in and heading to a soccer or basketball game, and our girls want to get pumped up for the big game, in goes the hip hop music of Lecrea and his powerful beat. Other times, I’m beyond thankful for the lyrics from Britt Nicole and Jamie Grace, reminding my daughters what true beauty and true worth looks like no matter what the world is trying to sell them. And how about Mandisa? They’ve had a hard day and she’ll remind them to be stronger and be an overcomer through Christ’s power.
You couldn’t help but leave the concert Saturday night feeling uplifted. For my slew of young girls that night was no doubt impactful, and I pray faith building. Although we pulled into our home about 12am slightly exhausted (or at least I was) I reminded myself God is so good and what an opportunity that night to praise and worship HIM!