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Day 16, I love Madden 09, but not the music.

Its absolutely true. I am a junky for playing Madden 09 during the football season. I grab a bowl of Cool Ranch Doritos and kick-off the boots, while simultaneously turning the xbox, awaiting the soothing graphic sounds announcing the churning game inside.

The couch is comfortable. Jessica is typically working in the kitchen, or facebooking while I embrace my 1 hour escape before settling down with dinner. Seconds pass, the screen goes black, then white....then "Eeeee Aaaaa Sports.....It's in the game!" pipes through the Sony Bravia. Chills go up my spine, my eyes widen, my heartbeat quickens...I am so ready to live out my unrealistic Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcon's QB) dream.

The iconic picture of Brett Favre in a Green Bay Packers jersey still makes me smirk...what a dork (yee-haww for Minnesota Vikings). I told by the screen to . I obediently select.

Then, almost like sinking you teeth into pungent piece of rye bread with an excessive amount of fennel seed, the background music erupts and almost causes one to instantly reach for the remote to 'mute' this bad boy. YIKES! I can't bear it, its not the volume, its the thought that such a successful game has the most ridiculously 'Gangsta-punk-rap-voodoo-mix' soundtrack.

Here's a sample:
Madden Music

Ok. I know this trivial. But, after getting very annoyed, I went through the set-up menu and deselected every song, so I can enjoy my own personal sound track in my head.

What's the connection? Its simple.
Are you even conscious of is the background music in your life? I am talking about the music that radiates around you. The speech that fills your office. The television humming beside your computer. The background music. We often say, "Awww, that junk doesn't get to me, I just put it out of my head. I don't let that get to me." I am reminded of the life that live, and how much I am around soldiers and officers that have incredibly 'rich' vocabularies, sadly most of them are 4 letters and they use them in every part of speech imaginable. (quite gifted).

Yet, I would tell people, that never bothers me, "I am Chaplain." But, I noticed how much when I get angry or I am getting sleepy that these words fill my mind quickly, as 'options' to select to communicate. By the Grace of God alone, have I been able to keep myself from this for the most part.

Bottomline:
Do you really think about what surrounds you? Friends? Music? Etc. Do you have to listen to it all? Can you mute certain things that are truly distracting you or swaying you away from holiness? Just think about it.

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