Saturday, September 6, 2008

Pick of the Litter

So, I am very excited to say that my Levi the Poet project will be a Pick of the Litter in HM's upcoming issue for Nov/Dec #134. I gave my demo to Doug thinking that he might give me a few pointers or something like that, and next thing I know it was up on the "potential pick" shelf and the other other intern, Laurel, loved it and gave it this veto - vote thing that says it's going in the mag no matter what - respectively. 

Um, man. HM is my favorite magazine and I just feel like an excited little kid who ate way too much sugar for breakfast and caffeine for lunch. Really I just feel totally blessed by the Lord, and humbled, to some degree, in doubting his care for me, or my lack of faith in him. 

I mean, I'm not saying I came out here to intern at HM so I could have the potential to be in it... I came here because I love to write and I love music and I feel like God's given me a passion for both. And I love HM. It's not like if you work here you get favors. They could've really just thought my project sucked beyond all hope for anything...

Anyway, when I get stoked I think I start to put my foot in my mouth, but all I'm trying to say is that I am stoked, and that God loves to bless his children. 

Working here has been really fun. Doug has a beautiful heart for what he does and he works harder than I may ever have. Basically it's like, him and his wife, and a couple people here and there that run the whole magazine - which was a big surprise for me, having been a fan it for so long and having these pictures in your head of like, a lot of people working on each one. It's crazy. It's a blessing, and I hope more than anything that I am and can continue to be a blessing to them. I'm so privileged to have the opportunity to be out here - and I do learn a lot and it's all very in depth and in those ways i'm really profiting from it - but man, my mindset right now is just that I want to do whatever I can to help, to be a part of something that I love and get to bless others in the process. I guess. 

So yeah. I'm excited about the way things are going right now. I miss everyone at home terribly - especially Brandi. But the Lord's in control, and he has used this time to help build up my faith so much (not only through the good things, I've faced a lot of bad here, too, with personal or relational struggles). If you would've told me that God was going to use the trials of a couple of months ago to his glory in my heart the way he has, I wouldn't have believed you. 

So, to God be the glory. Because I could die in the middle of this sentence. 

I'm in the process of learning harmonica. I just learned "Merrily We Roll Along", "Lullaby", and "Jingle Bells". It's awesome. I want to be one of those cowboys in the movies that finds a random stump by a cactus and builds a fire and cooks the rabbit he killed and plays harmonica while drinking whiskey from a flask. 


Anthony said...

Little baby face Levi, you are a crazy guy. I had no idea you were doing this kind of stuff. I just thought that I had been too busy and hadn't seen you in a long time. Congrats Levi. I will try and pick up the copy and check you out. I am very proud of you and when your famous and rich, dont forget your favorite youth leader ;)

but anyways. I love you dude, and I heard your stuff on myspace and I was very impressed. your poetry was fantastic. keep in touch you superstar poet!

Christopher Lake said...

Brother Levi,

Providentially, I just found out about your work last night on MySpace. I love your stuff, man! Real, raw, and amazing-- due to amazing grace! Lord willing, I'm coming to see you tonight at Starbucks! I'll be the blond-haired guy in the wheelchair! :-)

Levi The Poet said...

Christopher! I don't know when you will see this... but I tried to get to your blogger page and my computer is acting funny so it's just not working out. I can't tell you how much seeing you there last night meant to me, man. Thank you so much for encouraging me the way you did. I'd love to stay in touch and just see how you are, man. Maybe catch you at The Well sometime.

The Lord truly, truly used you to bless me last night, and I can't tell you how much you being there means to me. Thank you so much for everything.


Christopher Lake said...

Hey, Levi! Brother, I'm joyful to know that I blessed you even *one-tenth* as much as your reading and your great spirit blessed me! Yeah, hopefully we'll meet up sometime-- maybe at The Well and/or just for coffee at some point, when we have a chance! I've got a pretty amazing testimony of how God has worked in my life, and I'd love to share it with you-- keeping in mind that the "amazing" part is *all* God, and not me!

Anyway, brother, I should get to sleep so that I will actually be awake for church tomorrow. :-) Take care, and have a blessed Lord's Day! Oh, also, I'll add you as a friend on MySpace tomorrow, Lord willing-- maybe that will make it easier for you to access my page. Take care, my gifted friend!