The Soundtrack of Life

Joanna Martin

January 10, 2022

Have you ever had song after song go through your head perfectly describing the journey you’ve been on? The new life, the surrender, the brokenness, the wholeness, the need to do it all again.

There are songs that perfectly compose the journey that you’ve been on and the story you’re still writing. I find I remember these songs almost as a challenge from where I’ve been to where I am going.

I was listening to the radio the other day, and an “oldie, but a goodie” came on. Instantly, I was brought back to a moment with God where I made a confession of complete and total surrender to Him. This song was a signifier of the commitment and devotion I desired at that time of my life.

There was an earnest longing in my heart to be completely and totally abandoned to serving and loving Him with all that I was and had. All those emotions came rushing back as I sat there listening and meditating on what I was hearing.

Honestly, I was struck by how far I’ve veered off from that moment, that confession, that desire. Distracted and filled by the longings and passions of this life, I had lost sight of the one thing in my life that truly mattered. The song filled me with a challenge. A challenge of who I was and who I would choose to be. My past was speaking to my present.

Part of me wanted to ignore the soundtrack that was playing because it would be easier that way. Dealing with the truth of where you’ve been and where you’re at can be tough. I had a choice: give the record airtime, or shut it off.

Our soundtrack is our journey. The question that I feel God asking me in this season is: what song are you writing?

If you’re alive, the composition of your life isn’t over, it’s still being written. Maybe, if you’re like me, it’s that you need that “oldie, but goodie” to redirect your sound, or perhaps, it’s time to shut off the song that has plagued you for years and begin a new stanza.

You know what your soundtrack has been. The question is, what will it be?

Psalm 40:3 | He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.

About the Author: Joanna Martin

Joanna is a full-time worship teams director and social media manager at Lifeway Church. She earned her master's degree in Organizational Leadership and an undergrad in Church Music at the University of Valley Forge. Joanna and her husband, Stewart, love ministering to youth and hosting people at their home. As well, she enjoys a good book, deep conversations with friends and family, songwriting, music, and more.

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  1. Linda Patches

    Thanks for sharing this.


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