My wife bought our new puppy an ID tag. When I opened the envelope I started laughing out loud!

It is comforting to know that Luke has someone to remind him who he belongs to when he get lost.

It doesn’t take much for us to get a little lost ourselves, does it? Covid 19 sure has done a number us, Scrambling up the things we based our identity on. Hard Worker, Good Parent, Scheduled, Teacher, Developer. Efficient, Productive, and Patient are all high valued core ID words worthy of any white board.

Wooosh! Gone! Wiped Corona clean. Nothing left but streaks & dry erase crumbles.

I’m a doer, and for years I have prided myself on working harder that anyone around me. A friend of mine saw me struggling the second week of quarantine, It was probably the lines I was wearing in the carpet from pacing that tipped him off. He kindly gave me an exercise that has really helped reframe who God actually made me to be. It has been the most enjoyable trip through Psalms I have ever taken. In this vacuum of high demand and break-neck pace, I am using each Psalm to remind me who I really am.

Are you on the fence about what pyramid marketing empire to start, become a master gardener, or do you finally have all your socks organized and labeled by color? Maybe this is an exercise you could use too. Here is what Psalm 1 looked like for me:


At first I thought “Neat!” like having the lucky winning the PTA raffle ticket. Then I kept reading, Like a trail of pure gold God lays out how he sees us at our highest potential and lowest of lows.

I am not sure what you have going on this weekend, but I am sure God created coffee and sunshine for exercises just like this. Take a stroll through Psalms, I hope it fills your soul as much as mine.

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.”

One thought on “I AM

  1. I am grateful that you are my friend, my Pastor, and that we are children of God. Thank you, for awakening my senses this morning


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