I Am a Mender: Reynolds.
I joined Menders because of Harold’s cooking. Just kidding. But for real, Harold can cook. And I think that the frequency and quality of Harold’s cooking is a clear sign of God’s grace and mercy. And in a sense I became part of Menders because of meals.
Before I became a Christian, in my grammar school years, I wanted to be a rock star. A child of the ‘90’s, I remember singing the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” on the karaoke stage at the town fair when I was eight years old. As I got older, I learned how to play the guitar and started writing songs, and by the time I was twelve years old, I was learning, writing and recording music from the time I came home until I went to bed (with a quick break for dinner). I played with others sometimes, but most of my time was spent alone in my “music room” molding my future fame and glory.
was fourteen years old, I became a Christian. I learned the story of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in a compelling way, and believed it. And I was thrilled – how amazing that I could know the
Creator of the universe. Soon after, the youth leader at the church I was attending asked if I would play guitar for the youth. I welcomed the idea eagerly, and began learning CCM worship music, such as “Lord I Lift Your Name On High,” and “Shout to the Lord.” I eventually spent hours writing Christian songs, and began my pursuit of being a full time Christian music artist. With, of course, short breaks for meals.
When I first heard the Gospel and began my walk of discipleship, the focus was on knowing God and growing with God. So my music focused on fostering personal relationships with Jesus – for others and for myself. This was good, but while I was in
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college I learned that the Gospel is bigger than just me and Jesus.
It’s the announcement of a Kingdom (and a King) in which all brokenness is healed, a Savior who was pleased to “reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Col 1:20).
Our band eats a lot of meals together. And then we have seconds, and then when we’re finished we sit at the table and talk some more. We don’t work separately in our enclaves and then break for a meal. The meals are perhaps the most important part. And I think that because of this, we’re beginning to learn what it is to embody the Gospel for which we so heartily worship God.
I’m in Menders because the meals inform the worship – the worship comes out of relationships that break down the racial and cultural divisions that separate the Church and hinder our worship. I’m in Menders for the meals.