Over the weekend, Reginald Henderson, Jr. went on and on about his upbringing in the church.
There were no filters with him.
Instead, Henderson wasted little time cutting straight to the chase, wasted little time recalling the proverbial nuts and bolts approach his parents customarily had taken to ensure their children were brought up in a Christian-oriented environment.
By and large, he wasted little time recalling just how far from where his Creator has brought him, particularly in a city that has been stricken by senseless crimes in this calendar year alone.
Yes, Henderson, this 22-year-old young adult who is approximately five years removed from having earned his high school diploma from Carver High, would be the first to tell you that even in the wake of all the tumultuous acts of violence that have plagued Memphis of late, it is because of God’s amazing grace that he’s yet standing, yet living, yet basking in the glory and splendor of a life that is accompanied by God’s mandated divine purpose.
“I’ve been in church all my life,” Henderson told News Reporter Andre Johnson. “I was baptized at nine years old. It was mandatory for me and sisters to go to church. I’m grateful my mom instilled that in us because it’s beneficial to go to church give God the glory for all He’s done for us and hear an encouraging word that will carry us throughout the week.”
And because God’s manual, according to Isaiah 55:11, richly enlightens us that His word will not return unto us void, Henderson has deemed it essential to pay homage to God in a rather commendable, unique way.
A spiritual endeavor whereby the featured passage is Psalms 86:12 — which reads, “I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever” — Henderson is the founder of The Radical Praise Dance Ministry, a calling, of sorts, he founded some two years ago.
“I saw God positioning me two years ago,” Henderson explained. “I was watching “Tell The World” music video by Lecrae — I’m a huge Lecrae fan. That video and the message of the song were confirmation, because I have a passion for God’s purpose and my desire is to minister through dance all across the country. I cherish every opportunity I get to use the gift God has given me and be a blessing to others (in referencing 1 Peter 4:10-11).”
To his credit, Henderson’s ministry has been a common trend at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church where he attends.
Occasionally, after joining the choir with a couple of musically selections, Henderson — with his face covered in a white paint — would moments later shift gears by way of ministering to the congregation with his eye-catching, dazzling spiritual dances, thus sending a life-enhancing message in the process.
One of which is that surely, this young man was born to dance before Almighty God, a ministry he’s been called to put on display for before audiences across the country.
So book him now to put his immense skills on display at your church.
And, most importantly, be a blessing to him for his efforts.
“When I was a teenager, I thought I was saved because I went to church, I was singing in the choir, and I was dancing,” said Henderson, explaining how his fledging ministry will bless the masses. “Sunday morning, I was praising God, but Monday through Saturday, I was rebelling. In my mind, I was going to heaven, but deep down inside, there was a void that needed to be filled. I was blind, thinking that sex and people-pleasing would fill that void I was missing, but that only separated me from God and left me empty.”
Still, as Henderson subsequently found out, He’s an on-time God.
Yes He is.
“One day after doing community service at my church, I was at the altar crying out to God, asking Him to forgive me, and I felt love like never before,” Henderson said. “I was forgiven and made whole.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, unlike never before, Henderson has emerged as a spiritual dancing sensation, one whom, if he keeps at this profitable pace and crying out to God, could very well find himself holy dancing on a national stage.
Don’t believe him?
“In the midst of me being an enemy of God and living for myself, God looked beyond all of my faults and saw that I was in need of His grace, His love, and His compassion,” Henderson said. “I don’t need acceptance from people, because Jesus accepted me. If Jesus can save me, He can save anyone. He only helps those who can’t help themselves.”
And just like Henderson, there are no filters with Jesus.
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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to email@example.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.