Okay, I know I’m 4 months late with this. I was supposed to give an update about my “2 week” Hip Hop challenge. Well, two weeks went into 4 weeks, and 4 weeks went into 6 six weeks. Now, after six weeks I found myself listening to Kendrick Lamar and a small selection of Drake. I listen to the music on and off, when I am in the mood to listen.
My Pandora stays on Mali Music radio. I go back and forth between him and Kirk Franklin. Now, the whole point of the challenge was to see if I could survive without this music, and the answer is yes I can. I needed to focus on God more and my relationship with him. The outcome was that no matter what I need to be focused on God period.
Now, hip-hop music is not what it used to be. The music now is GARBAGE! Now, I know what you’re thinking “Right Char, you said you love hip hop”! Well, you right I do love hip hop music.
When I do feel a certain way I do put on a certain artist. When I’m in a laid back mood Mos Def, The Roots, and OutKast stay on repeat. When I’m cruising down the highway Biggie, Pac, and Common come through for me. When I’m in the partying mood; that’s when I bang the H-Town finest, and the southern bounce music. It is what it is!
Overall, I think that hip-hop music will always be a part of my life. I have really thought about giving the music up but, the music I grew up on will never die! It’s a part of my childhood. Hip-hop and I have a bond that shall never be broken!
Often times as Christians we talk about how “It’s a struggle” in our everyday life as a Christian. But, is it really that hard? Romans 12:2 states “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”. That scripture speaks volume. To me it tells me to not be a follower of others. Be different. Stand out. That’s what the scripture says to me. Follow Christ and you will be rewarded right? Pray daily, read the bible, turn the other cheek, watch what you say to people and about people. Watch what you say period because you do reap what a sew. All these things can be easily avoided if we just follow these things. But, why is it so hard though? It’s hard because I think we make it harder than what it really is. We get so caught up in what people think about us and what people say that we try to fit in. Let’s think back to our high school years.
Let’s say you weren’t as popular and you wanted to be. So, you try to fit in to keep up with the Joneses. You try to dress and act different in order to be noticed right? You want to be accepted so you do these things to fit in. So now you’re in your 20’s and when you think about it; maybe that wasn’t the right thing to do right? Maybe, maybe not. The outcome could’ve been different and still to this day you are great friends with these people.
I have always been the type to be “weird” I had all types of friends. Every race color, size background you name it. I was never really a cool popular girl but, I was well known. I never been the type of person to just follow what other people did. I was on fire for GOD, and the outcome to me was sad. My so called friends joked and laughed at me because of that. I got teased because I wasn’t doing what everyone else was doing. I was in the church all the time. But, I began to get tired of it and when I was 15 I decided that I wanted to stop standing out. I wanted to hang out with the other crew, do what they do. But, when I experienced it, I didn’t want to hang out with those girls anymore. We didn’t connect in any type of way. So, I decided to try and separate myself from them. By the time I got out of high school I wasn’t friends with anyone who I use to hang out with. I was alone. I had a few friends but they were my church family. Even some of the friends from church I fell off with. The church have groups too and some of them I didn’t fit in with.
When I think about it now, it’s okay to stand out and not hang out with the “in crowd”. As you get older you seem to care less about what people think of you. So, to my fellow Christians or the ones who are different…. Do not be afraid to be that way, don’t be afraid to stand out. The award will be good for you in the future. And to the ones that wants to change, don’t be afraid to so . If the people you hang out with have a problem with you wanting to change then they weren’t meant to be your friends in the first place.
Have a great afternoon Peace!