Hard Work

It is hard for me to look at this season as a gift. Isolation to this extrovert has been quite painful. I must check the mail twice a day for anything that looks like human contact. Walking the dog in the neighborhood has even become a game to see if I can time it when the most people are out. This just plain stinks. However, I am grateful for one thing. This quarantine has taken away my best go-to excuse:

“Sorry. I don’t have time to do that.” 

Looking around, it appears that most of us now have an extra 2 to 5 hours a day. Hours we once jammed full with commuting to work, picking up kids from school, going to PTA meetings, wandering around Lowes checking out the latest and greatest grills, drills and saws. Whatever awesome and/or mediocre time-sucks we had used to fill our days, those hours have magically reappeared.

What if we did something meaningful with all those hours? 

Uh oh, here it comes…….. What if we finally did the thing that made us uneasy, scared, or exhausted, but in a good way. Really pushing through our comfort zone and practical boundaries. Or option 2 is what most are doing now, slumping deeper into the sofa and watching the next season of Ozark. (But, for real, what’s with the blue filter on that show already?)

Seriously, what is one thing you’ve always wanted to do but never tried because (insert your go-to excuse here)? 

  • Get out of debt?
  • Have quiet time
  • Learn a language?
  • Write a book?
  • Learn an instrument? 
  • Talk to a counselor?
  • Read War and Peace?
  • Call an old friend?
  • Create a song?
  • Tell someone that you are sorry?
  • Paint a room in your house? 
  • Take a Masterclass online? 
  • Interact with your kid?
  • Start exercising?

There is no better time than now to do something hard. Every resource you need is online except for courage. Of course it will all be awkward at first, but remember, God is with you, and He has plenty of courage to give.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of this, for the LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:6-8

So, Whatta you say? What was the first thing that jumped in your mind? I dare you to take the first step and leave it in the comments, Just write private next to it and I will make sure only I see it. Happy hard work hunting! We will get through this together.

In His Service and at yours!


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.”

7 thoughts on “HARD WORK

  1. You never disappoint! I so look forward to Friday mornings just so I can read your words. Keep them coming. You have truly been blessed.


  2. “Hard work” and “Courage”
    These are two things that I often share with my students. Along with, “if it was easy everyone would be doing it”. Thank you for Friday’s, love your word on this day each and every week. We make time to do the things that are important to us. However, there is no better feeling that stepping outside your comfort zone and accomplishing things that we were once intimidated by.
    “Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭
    God bless, miss you all!


  3. As an extrovert myself, I can sympathize with how you feel,. We each have used and are using these extra hours, to our present advantage, BUT will they carry over when we are at last free of the plague that surrounds us?Lessons learned are different for all of us, and I can tell that you are searching for answers that will take you to a better place than you have ever been. I know you will be using the little time we have left with this menace, to prepare your thinking for the new roads that God has laid out for you.Shawn, continue sharing with us, these Friday messages, and by helping yourself expand your love of the Lord, so shall we follow you on the journey. Hugs from a distance


  4. Shawn. you are one gifted and talented writer and you bless the socks off me every time I read your messages. Thank you thank you thank you… And may God continue to pour into you as you so freely pour out to his people… Love you my friend stay safe 🙏🙏💕💕


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