In “Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking,” Jon Acuff uses “soundtracks” as a metaphor for the repetitive thoughts that play in our minds. These soundtracks significantly influence our decisions, actions, and mindset. In short, what we tell ourselves again and again shapes our reality.

Replacing Negative Soundtracks

One of the things I’ve noticed is that our minds naturally drift toward negativity, especially under stress. This is why Paul, in Philippians 4:8-9, encourages us to focus on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. The church at Philippi was experiencing hardship and conflict within and without. So, Paul reminds them to be sure of where they are keeping their focus—in other words, pay attention to your soundtracks. Negative soundtracks create self-doubt and fear, while positive ones inspire confidence and action. By identifying and replacing harmful thoughts with constructive ones, we can shift from a negative to a positive mindset.

Evaluating Your Thoughts

To change our soundtracks, we need to evaluate them. Jon Acuff suggests three questions:

  • Is it true? Challenge the accuracy of your thoughts. Are they based on reality or unfounded fears?
  • Is it helpful? Determine if a thought contributes positively to your goals and well-being.
  • Is it kind? Ensure your thoughts are compassionate and supportive, not harsh or self-critical.

By asking these questions, we can replace negative, limiting soundtracks with positive, empowering ones. This alignment with scriptural truths fosters a healthier, more productive, and spiritually enriched life. Embrace Philippians 4:8-9, focusing on the positive, and the God of peace will be with you. Shift your mental dialogue to transform your life.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we conclude our Soundtracks sermon series!

God bless,
Jonathan Smith
For Jesus. For People. For Community.