I must say, I totally slacked on doing BlogLights in 2010, so this is me trying again!
I have an awesome brother in Christ named Jamil that I met on Howard's campus my freshman year through Impact. Now can I be honest with you guys? At first I thought he (and all the other Impact people for that matter) was.... strange. Yeah. And you know why? It's because I had never before seen Christ's love and consideration for people exhibited in such a normal, everyday way among people my own age! But now as I sit here, I definitely think it's an awesome thing to be thought strange simply because of Christ in us!
Let me not go off on a tangent here; the real purpose of me sharing this is to let you know about the blog Jamil has going! It's called Amped Soul (if you didn't figure it out from the title). The Lord has gifted Jamil with the ability to share things that God has laid on his heart as well as to share his life experiences in a way that really connects with the reader! I must say, I've enjoyed pretty much everything I've read of his, from poetry to prose. It's an awesome thing when someone has a natural talent, combines it with the supernatural power of God, and reaches people and touches hearts in a way that can only be attributed to our Maker!
One thing I've enjoyed about Jamil's poetry is that he always (or at least, as much as I can remember) gives Biblical reference to the things that he's saying. It can be so easy for us to attach our human wisdom to the things that we write, or give justification for the things that we do through our finite reasoning. (This makes me think of 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5, when Paul reminds us about how even the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and because of this our words and actions should rest solely on the Spirit's power!) This guy definitely gives the Lord His due (which is alot...er, all?) in his writing.
The other thing I appreciate is that when ever I go to Amped Soul, it's a dose of reality. It's not a picture of perfection, with him going through life with things right on track with his five year plan and him serving God and never falling and blah blah blah blah blah. (By the way, if you ever do meet someone who's got it all together like that, do introduce me!! I'd love to hear how they do it. Lol!) There's a very real element of reality and humanity in Jamil's writing, which allows whoever's reading to not feel like their talking to (er, reading from) a zombie ...a perfect zombie, that is. It's really encouraging, edifying, and humorous at times, too!
With all that being said, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and support our brother in Christ at Amped Soul! His latest post is called Whose Plans???, and here's one of his poetry pieces called Foolishly Stupid. If you scroll through his blog, you'll even see a couple posts where Jamil performs his poem for you!
I hope this is a blessing to you guys! Are there any blogs in particular that stand out to you as always being an encouragement, or a place to get a good laugh? I love to check out new sites. :-)