In the coming weeks, we will be introducing our new members through sharing a little of their story. Our hope is that these stories will allow us to grow closer as a family as well as an avenue to share the story of our city.
I grew up in a family of churchgoers, but although the Gospel was believed to be truth in our family, and I prayed a prayer to receive Christ at a very young age, I don’t think I really considered what It meant to be part of God's family until I was in high school, when I started learning more about the concept of grace and began to understand a little more about the magnitude of God's love that’s communicated through Christ.
I believe that I became a Christian when I was about 7 years old. Though I didn’t understand everything about it at the time, I believe that God definitely pursued me and impressed upon me that I needed a relationship with Him. Of course, the reason for that relationship is way more profound than I originally understood, but it's hopeful to me that there's always more to understand about the love that God has shown us through Christ.
I know that God is working on His people to love Him above all else, and to love others like He does and it's through the day-in-day-out process of that in which I see my faith being perfected. Whether it's learning to live more selflessly, or learning to be at peace in all circumstance, knowing that we are being molded by a loving and perfectly good God, and that He is our only hope is what being a Christian means to me.
In addition to the people I live with and the people in my classes, I've always seen the musical community of wherever I am as my mission field. God has gifted me with musical talent as well as a rather outgoing personality, which makes it rather comfortable for me to interact with the various musicians I come across, both in a "church" context, as well as in more secular musical instances.
Music is such a personal thing, so often times, delving into a more personal relationship with someone you play music with is relatively smooth, allowing you the potential to share what’s important to you i.e. the Gospel, or to simply build a relationship with them in which you can reflect the love of Christ for you to them.
I've been playing music both in the church and outside of it since I was 13, and I've been super blessed to be playing with Mission Athens here recently.