Vitamin B1

Last night I found myself up close to 1am watching TV. Both parts of that statement are not my normal. I was watching a show that had many different personalities coming together to get through a particular challenge. As time rolled by, episode by episode, I was perplexed by why this had me enthralled. By the time my sensibilities had me turn in for bed, I had begun to figure out that I was hungry for companionship. These characters were becoming fast friends and I was hooked. Because I don’t do friendship superficially, my friends are as tight to me as family. Now, a distant family. Just another thing this virus seems to have pushed slightly out of reach. 

Just like a lack of Vitamin D can cause mood swings and depression, I wonder if there has been a study on what removing deep belly laugher and sarcasm does to us? 

Proverbs 17:17 says: A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.  Seems fitting doesn’t it?

Who doesn’t need someone around to say “This may suck, but we are in it together.”

I think this week we are hitting a stretch where the end may be almost in view. Close enough that if we can all dig a bit deeper and try a bit harder we can push through this. But, if you are anything like me, “pushing through” often does not involve much self-care. I just focus on making it to the end goal.

So instead, what if this became the perfect time to invade the space of some one we love? What if we call till they pick up, text goofy memes till they beg for mercy, or park yourself in their driveway with the window down and an extra Starbucks?

If it’s friendship we all need, then it is time for us to B1. I am convinced, This week is the best time to be the Sonlight that we are all lacking. Will you join me?

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.”

4 thoughts on “Vitamin B1

  1. What a great theme I am a great believer in Sunlight and Vitamin D, bringing about a sense of joy, and also well being. 15 minutes a day can do the trick, from anywhere, open window, standing outside or sitting on a bench. I kind of nag my friends with emails, texts, and the occasional phone calls, jes to know that they’re there and I am also around. I waste no time at all “missing them”, I’m too busy getting touch. Thank you for your wonderful outlook on life and sharing it with us.


  2. I also miss in person contact with people but am fortunate to not live alone. Sometimes there is too much togetherness( LOL ), but my thoughts and concerns then go to those who live alone. They receive no physical contact during this social distancing. It is know that human touch is important for our physical and emotional well being as it increases certain neurotransmitters and bolsters our immune systems. Praying for an end to this virus and a huge awakening and revival.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us – always a blessing!

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  3. So good, and all so true. As I’m living alone with just a clingy furball, I’ve been intentional during this season of social distancing by staying connected, reaching out, checking on people and will continue this trend indefinitely. Love your Red Letter Moments.

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