Charlie Wilson...that name probably doesn't ring a bell. But for those of you close to my age, you'll most likely know who he is. Or at least know his voice and some of his songs. He was the lead singer of The Gap Band, one of the best funk bands ever: You Dropped a Bomb on Me, Party Train, Outstanding...
His story really resonates with me. Maybe it's because he's a Wilson, or maybe it's because I have a repressed funky side (I think that's it!). He had it all, lost it all and was changed by the power of God. You see, he was at the top of everything, got hooked on drugs, became homeless and then received blessings from God to change his life. It's a common story, I guess. But because he had it all and God resurrected him, it's a story filled with heart. Now, my life hasn't exactly had all of those situations, but his story of a life changed is very inspiring.
This time of year isn't always the easiest for many people - they may have lost a loved one, have bad memories or have no one to share the spirit with during the holidays. That's why a kind word or hello, a smile or a hug along the way, even with total strangers, is such a special thing to share. We never really know another's life story, just like they don't know ours. We don't know each others' past, present, hurts, joys, hopes or spirit. I didn't know his life had so many ups and downs until just a few days ago.
It reminds of my friend Keith who died a month ago (and who I wrote a message about just a few weeks ago). He went through a lot of ups and downs, but came through it changed by God. I am very grateful God can do that....for anyone, no matter what. I continue to pray for blessings, healing and love for others, and for my continued growth with all of those too. God is with us, no matter if we feel that way all of the time or not.
Blessings everyone, and Merry Christmas. XO
I'm including a Gap Band jam to remind everyone what his life was like (and how darn good old funk music was), and then including two of his current songs, which are beautiful. He is a changed man, which is pretty cool to see.