Sage Advice

My brother and his wife are eight months pregnant and have both been furloughed. Earlier this week, he and I were talking about how to navigate this pandemic best. They are both talented and kind people. I am sure that that employment may only be a small challenge for them in the future. So, the big question became “What do we do right now?” I told him what I had learned from speaking to some of the smartest people I knew – my dad, my pastor, our financial advisor, a business counselor, and even an elder in our church, Unfortunately, none of them had ever seen anything like this before, but they all had similar advice.  

Don’t panic.  Be cash-conservative. Make changes as needed. 

Don’t we all just want to know, “But, what do we do RIGHT NOW?” I appreciated the good advice, but, to be honest, I was looking for more of a step-by-step process on how to return to normal within around 1-2 weeks. Has anyone seen a “Pandemics for Dummies” book yet? If not, someone should really get on that.

Speaking of books, Right now, would usually be the time in the story when the mentor figure would enter the scene, offer their sage words of wisdom that could change even the most panicked, seemingly hopeless character into a hero who shifts the entire storyline. If you know me at all, you know that I’m still hoping to see Obi-Wan Kenobi roll up in my driveway any moment now. A guy can dream, can’t he? This weekend, Pastor Greg at Seacoast Church said something online that resonated with me. He said, “Crisis often brings out leadership characteristics in a person.” I would be lying if that sentence didn’t intimidate me. Lately, the “I can do this!” is quickly met with the, “I don’t have what it takes!” 

Seriously, where are you, Obi-Wan?

In Acts chapter one, Luke writes that Jesus promises His disciples that He will send them a gift filled with power and authority. What they didn’t know was that they were getting a Mentor. The greatest of all mentors would be sent to them (and for us) to realize and coach us into our God-sized potential. So many times, I dream about what it would be like to have supernatural insight and powers like the ones I read about in books, or see in movies while the Holy Spirit is available and ready to us right now! It is the true force to be reckoned with; however, I lose sight of it. It’s a gift of tremendous insight that only comes with one simple condition.

All we have to do is ask. 

James 1:5-6 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

If you’re feeling a bit unsure of your next steps, like I am, join me in reading Acts these next few weeks. It’s full of faith-building moments from the early church, and has been a strong assurance for me. Remember, the Holy Spirit is promised to be with you in both good and bad times. It’s a free gift, and you have nothing to lose but your uncertainty.

So, when you’re feeling panicked, unsure and seemed to have lost your way, remember to “Use the Force, Luke.” Thanks, Obi-Wan. We needed that.

We will get through this together!

In His service and at yours!

~Shawn

Published by Shawn McCarthy

While serving as the Weekend Experience Pastor at Seacoast Church, I felt God prompting me to share the moments when He would speak His truth into my life through scripture in a way that made sense to me, giving me tangible ways to learn, grow and lead. These promptings turned into weekly emails that I would send my small groups and volunteer teams. I found myself enjoying the process of digging deeper into God’s Word, being stretched by the writing process, and encouraging others in the faith. My lovely wife, Anna, challenged me to begin this blog, so these moments that I have come to call, my “Red-Letter Moments,” can find a home. My prayer is that you will find hope, comfort, and inspiration here, and above all, you will come to know that the God of the universe loves you and desires a personal relationship with you.”

3 thoughts on “Sage Advice

  1. We will include your brother and his wife in our prayers. Sage advice given to you, and we can all benefit by it. God prevails, we mustn’t act in haste, we don’t have to be first in line to do anything,let’s wait our turn. Acting in haste at this particular time can result in disappointments and may have injurious effects. Be steadfast in our faith in our Lord, He is here, there and everywhere. Reading Acts will guide us. Thanks Pastor Shawn for awakening thoughts that might lie dormant within us. Hugs from a distance

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  2. Thanks for this. I’m trying to do a website for marketing my business & this weekend, I wanted to give up thinking it won’t matter cause I’ve lost my business. Time for a business rededication & prayer for direction.

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