I have a little confession to make. I am a collector. When it comes to books and music I can get a little obsessive. Back before I crossed the pond I had seven bookshelves holding over a thousand books. Before things went digital I had amassed about 450 CDs. It was a hard thing to give those away to my local charity thrift store before moving but by that point I had already mostly gone digital.
On my ITunes folder I have four major playlists. The first one I call Dance/Techno/Lindsey. This is my smallest list. It currently holds 154 songs or nine hours, fifty-one minutes, thirty-seven seconds worth of playing time. I listen to this list for about thirty minutes every morning after I have had my coffee, devos, and done my early writing. It is my perk up, get ready, and head out the door soundtrack. My second list is called instrumental and contains 312 songs (25+ hours). This ilist is a collection of classical, jazz, and stuff like Bethel’s “Without Words”. I listen to it for about an hour most evenings after I have gone to bed. My third list is called Reading and it is the background for my reading/writing/class preparation. This list has 677 songs or just over two days worth of songs. My final normal list is called worship. It is the soundtrack for my morning and evening prayer time and it is also the source for most all of the songs I normally put in the respond section of my videos. This list currently 1994 songs strong which translates into seven days, twenty-one hours, fourteen minutes, and thirty-three seconds of praise. I just uploaded a Chris Quilala album today, though so it will grow.
There is one more playlist I just created two days ago and will be deleting in early January. This list has 8 gig worth of music so it can easily be stored on a 16g flash drive most of the year. You guessed it, I have 1171 songs or just over 3 days worth of Christmas music. To be fair it isn’t really 1171 songs. I mean, I actually have 27 different renditions of Joy to the World and fifteen of yesterday’s Let it Snow. (Penatonix and 1GirlNation were my only versions of Let it Go until I realized this fact and deleted them) I love me some Christmas music. Now… a couple more weeks into this series I might be singing a different tune but for now lets just let that joy sing forth.
I can sum up my life’s mission up in four words: pray, preach, write, read. These are the four things I strive to be excellent at and I will never compromise for sacrificing anything else to focus more on these. When other people talk about me, though, there are usually two other things they tend to mention first. “He is always smiling and/or he is always singing.” I don’t really feel that those are things that should set me apart as unique. Everybody, heck, all of creation should be doing these. Like the second verse of this song says:
Joy to the world the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy
Are we joining in with creation in rejoicing that the incarnated Son is on the throne? The Savior reigns. In those three short words is packed so much beautiful theology. Is it in you? Do you get it? If we do how can we not be accused of smiling and singing every chance we get? Every single song on each and every one of the playlists that make up the soundtrack of my life is in one way or another an expression of this joy. My God became a poor child, then a homeless wanderer, then a rejected criminal and now is a Risen King. How can this not put a song on our lips. Sing it out: Joy to the World!
This Christmas season may the Joy of an incarnated King infect you until you become almost obnoxious about it. May the smile of this season carry into every corner of your life. May the blessing of what He has done for You transform you into someone who radiates that blessing into others. May you become a song of His goodness that cannot help but be song. May you become a joy to your world.