So, I just finished up a 30 day challenge that I did privately. I did not tell a soul about this, not even my husband. I just kept it to myself.
You see, I often listen to contemporary Christian music, and here in town, the radio station is KLOVE. But I never listened to it exclusively. I would jump around between KLOVE and the local country station, and sometimes a pop station. I'm not new to Christian music, I've been in love with it since I was a teenager, but it's never been an exclusive choice.
Anyway, the KLOVE station frequently promotes their 30 day challenge, where you make a promise to listen ONLY to Christian music for 30 days, whether on the radio or your iPod or whatever. I took this challenge and actually did it for 31 days, all of January. I started New Year's day (obviously). Again, I never told anybody.
About the 3rd week in, my teenage daughter says to me in the car, 'you know mama, you sure have been listening to a lot of Jesus music lately'. I just said 'yep'. She then responded with she thought it was nice. That was pretty much the end of the conversation.
I must say, I really did enjoy this whole past month of listening exclusively to Christian music. I'm not saying I'm going to do it that way forever, but I did not change my radio station today, even though it is now February. One unexpected value that I received from this is the confidence in completing something. That probably sounds minor, but in all of my heath and fitness quests and challenges and things going on, it's nice to just quietly complete and accomplish a goal. I find it very motivating. It makes me want to set MORE goals and meet them/beat them.
Another neat thing happened, I discovered new music ... and found some great workout music. I finally redeemed some iTunes gift cards I'd been hanging onto and loaded up with a ton of new songs (all Contemporary Christian music).
I also realized that I like listening to the news on the KLOVE station. You see - in the past - that is always when I would change the channel, because I didn't want to listen to talking. Once the news or jibber jabber came on, I'd switch to country or something else until I found music. Participating in this challenge forced me to just leave the station alone and listen to the talking and the news and the testimonies and prayer requests. I really found this uplifting and encouraging. I must tell you; I had no idea I was missing out on some of the best stuff from the station.
Anyway, just thought I'd share that. I'm more motivated, and have been slowing creeping out of this funk I had been in lately. The month of January did wonders for me. What goals will you set? What can you accomplish in February that will put you in a better place?
As always, make champion choices!