A Devotion from Daniel
All societies and cultures have these rights of passages at different times in life that signify the beginning of, or the end of something. The Jewish faith has their Bat Mitzvah when a boy becomes a man. Many Hispanic communities celebrate a Quincea-era when a young girl becomes a young lady. In our country, in general, there are some that are more common among the general population. Maybe it is the freedom of acquiring a driver’s license or turning 18 so you can vote… and pay taxes. Perhaps it is graduating from high school or heading off to college.
These pre-described cultural standards help us to know what is coming next. They help us define responsibilities and are also useful in knowing what we can expect or ask of someone. Many times, knowing what thresholds an individual has surpassed lets us know what they may be capable of. Or at least it makes us think we know what they are capable of. Because these norms are usually accurate in defining someone. But they aren’t always. If I describe a very successful person to you, someone who built a computer company let’s say into a billion-dollar conglomerate you would assume they passed the life test of college… but many who find themselves in this position are dropouts. As we all know every “rule” has exceptions. We have all met 17-year-olds mature enough to vote or own a firearm and 25-year-olds who we wouldn’t trust to cat sit for us.
Here is why I am thinking about these milestones of life. The other day I changed the type of product I use to style my hair (that may be the least masculine sentence I have ever written). Anywho, I was paying extra attention to the mirror as I applied this new gel to see if I liked it and I saw something I had never seen before, a grey hair. I looked closer and closer and to my horror, I saw it wasn’t one, or two… it was an impending infestation. I talked myself down trying to remember that if I played my cards right maybe after a few years becoming a silver fox would make me appear wiser!
Scripture is full of passages telling us to seek wisdom. And I think stereotypically when we close our eyes and envision a wise man most of us see an older gentleman with white hair. Here is the truth though it is not the color of the hair that makes us wise. One of the reasons we gain wisdom with age is because, as we age, we often find it easier to let go of our pride and embrace humbleness. Just like all the other examples above, no rule is 100% accurate. We can encounter uncommon wisdom in a young man, and we can encounter old men who act like petulant children.
It is true that pride leads to dishonor and humbleness leads to wisdom. Too many of us embrace our pride during our youth thinking there will be a time for humble thoughts and wisdom. When our hair turns grey, that’s when we finally find it a bit easier to let go of ourselves. When we finally slow down and see the value in things beyond ourselves. Young men, young women you don’t have to wait to see grey in your mirror before you seek wisdom. Tomorrow isn’t promised, lay your pride down today. Older men, older women don’t hold onto wisdom as the property of the select few who have achieved AARP status. Open the gates to all who seek.
Proverbs 11:2 (NASB)
When pride comes, then comes dishonor;
But with the humble there is wisdom.
Message from Anthony
The Worship Leader: Don’t Leave Your Family Behind
We’ve been talking about our role as worship leaders these past few months. We know that no matter what we do, we are leaders – hopefully leading others to grow closer to God. As we defend the Word and maintain a healthy worship life outside the church, there’s one area of our life that we can’t neglect. The first people we often lead are those in our family.
We have been called to be leaders, focused on bringing others into a learning and growing relationship with Christ. Sometimes we forget where that leadership starts, however. We become so focused on helping strangers grow to know God, that we forget to lead our families first. We pursue world missions in faraway places, but we leave our own homes in total spiritual disrepair. This isn’t what God desires from us.
As we lead others to follow Christ, we cannot be ministers to the world and strangers at home. Abandoning our partner to become a ministry widow is not an option. Leaving our kids to languish amidst the world’s messaging and influence is not an option. Going it alone when tackling the resistance and opposition that comes with ministering to people whom Satan wants to keep from God is not an option. We have to begin and end our ministry on the home front.
When a military power goes to battle, they endeavor to protect their homeland and especially their capital at all costs. They treat their homefront as a precious treasure, one that they would gladly lay down their lives to defend. We had a saying in the service “I’d gladly lay down my life for my country, but the goal is to get the enemy to lay down his life for his country first.”
But as worship leaders, we can tend to spend so much time away from our family doing everything as we try to follow God, that we leave our family utterly defenseless as we try to save the world. It doesn’t make any sense at all when you think about it. A true man or woman of God leads their family first.
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15b)
Missions Update – February 2022
“We are a body of believers dedicated to making the Word of God available to everyone and, together with the local church, reaching souls for Christ.”
Gideons representatives, Larry Quince and Terry Smith visited Meadowbrook on January 16th. Gideons International gives out bibles globally in over 200 languages. It has been a few years since they have visited due to the pandemic, so it was great to see them again and hear Larry speak about their mission and our churches’ part in that ministry.
Larry shared a testimony about a man that was so thankful for the Gideons. He had previously had problems with alcohol and domestic violence, which resulted in his arrest and imprisonment. While in prison, he was given a Bible, and that was instrumental in turning his life around. The Gideons also hand out Bibles at college campuses which impact the lives of college students. Bibles are also left in hotels, and guests that need them are welcome to keep them. The Gideons also have greeting cards to purchase in support of their ministry.
Due to the support of our church and others like us, these Bibles are free to those who need them. Our support of this mission is instrumental in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and the plan of salvation. What a blessing and privilege to serve the Lord in this way.
SIS In Action
Sisters in Service thanks you for donating socks, lip balm and canned meat for the Blessing Bags provided free of charge to people in need. During our January meeting, we packed 24 bags filled with hats, gloves, socks, lip balm, band aids, tissues and food.
The bags and additional socks and lip balm were delivered to Lighthouse who will distribute these items to their clients in need.
Breakfast Invitation To All Ladies At Meadowbrook
Sisters in Service invites all of the ladies at Meadowbrook to attend the annual SIS Breakfast on Saturday, February 26 at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall. Come enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by SIS, enhance your love for God and enjoy time together creating a special keepsake. Please let us know if you will attend by adding your name to the sign-up sheet in the foyer or email Cathy at email@example.com.
MCC Youth Attend Winter Jam 2022
Anthony, several adults and some of the Meadowbrook Youth attended Winter Jam 22 on January 30, 2022 in Ypsilanti, MI. This concert featured many Christian worship singers and bands. It was a great time spent praising and worshipping the Lord together.
Zach Williams is scheduled for April 22, 2022 at 7pm in Clarkston at Mt Zion. Anthony and some of the youth will be going. Available tickets are limited, so please see Anthony Knotts for tickets and more information. Some financial assistance may be available.
Lothar & Arleen Rossol – February 2
Leanna Thomas – February 3
Shalon Cox – February 22
Zain Cox – February 22
James Friedlund – February 23