In his book, It All Goes Back in the Box, John Ortberg quotes Michael Drosnin as he describes the last days of billionaire Howard Hughes…

“He was a figure of gothic horror, ready for the grave.  Emaciated, only 120 pounds stretched over a 6 foot 4 inch frame…A thin, scraggly beard that reached midway onto his sunken chest, hideously long nails in grotesque corkscrews… Many of his teeth black, rotting stumps. A tumor was beginning to emerge from the side of his head…innumerable needle marks…Howard Hughes was an addict. A billionaire junkie.”

Do you think that more would have helped Howard Hughes? No! But still he believed the myth.  There is a lesson that we can all learn from mosquito bites and carry over into life, “No one ever made an itch go away by being really good at scratching.”  Oh yes, there is an itch in us all.  The itch to indulge, to gain, to believe "The Myth of More.”  But as we scratch that itch, it only leads to despair.

However, you can make a choice that explodes “The Myth of More.” That choice is contentment. The Apostle Paul says… Philippians 4:11
“ … I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”

Ortberg once again tells of a Peanuts cartoon he once saw.
    “Snoopy is on the doghouse one Thanksgiving, grumbling about being stuck with dog food while the humans have turkey and gravy and cranberry sauce.  ‘Of course, he says, ‘it could have been worse. I could have been born a turkey.” 

   That ability to say, “It could have been worse” is a turning point and the first step away from “The Myth of More” and toward contentment.  Here we are starting to notice what we have and beginning the make the choice to be content.

Hebrews 13:4-5
 “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." 

This Thanksgiving season, let’s dispel “The Myth of More” and see that we can be happy right where we are with God on our side.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Pastor Marc

 

Good News…
Quail Prepares to Welcome Robin Gordon as Director of Adult Ministries!


It is with great joy that we announce that Robin Gordon has been hired in the new position as Director of Adult Ministries here at Quail. Robin will start November 15th and we are already very excited about what she will bring to the team here on staff.

Robin has a history in business, as well as education, but felt the Lord calling here into full time Christian ministry some years ago. Toward that end, she received her Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2013.

Most recently she has been the Division Manager at San Joaquin Valley College where she specialized in coaching and counseling Instructors and Faculty Development.  Her organizational, administrative and managerial experience will be a great fit for the role that she will take on here at Quail.

Of course this is “coming home” for Robin as she fellowshipped at Quail for many years and we know her to be a gifted teacher and caring counselor.  She will oversee the Discipleship programs, the Senior Adult programs as well as the Women’s ministry programs, working with the commissions and staff persons in each of those areas.

Please pray for Robin’s transition and ask the Lord to guide her as she serves Him in our midst.

Pastor Marc