When I became a Christian at age 17, I threw out every secular CD I had. I was listening to all kinds of music that was not good for me. I began to learn about God and why it was better to sing for Him. Before I met Christ, I was filled with hate and despair in life. I guess everything seems so important when you are a teenager but I was fueling the fire of negative living with music from Metallica and Pantera and other God hating music. When I was rescued, I turned away from that. I threw it out of my life. As a musician, I experience a very moving emotion when I hear and play music. Why give my allegiance to any other than God? Worship music and Christian music lifts the soul and confirms our faith. I do listen to some secular music and I appreciate all music, but I try to keep the worship tunes going and keep my heart right. I do not like to listen to music that strays away from what the Bible teaches. You can tell, as a worship leader and church musician, that you are called to a higher calling. The music is lifted up from us and rises to God’s ears. He hears our music and our praise and it defines a relationship between us. It is so much better now. So, I take it seriously and I rejoice in this God-given gift of music and the opportunity to use it for Him. I know that I would be lost and hopeless without the saving grace that was poured out on me. Now, my songs and my meditation must give glory to God. It is a higher calling with a great reward. I do listen to secular music and have many influences from different great musicians but now I know where it is all coming from and who it is really for.