You’re in Good Company

I have been watching my friends be way more transparent during this season. Even though we’re all meeting in our small groups through a screen, with all this spare time, the things that have bubbled up in the space are too hard just to ignore. There is an anxiety that seems to lurk below the surface of so many of us. I wonder why it took a global pandemic to admit how much fear shapes our behaviors, habits, and outlook? 

In his book, Own the Moment, Carl Lentz calls fear a sleazy peddler who makes his money selling things that never happen somewhere in the future. I have thought about this a hundred times, and the illustration seems to work for me. I would go a step further and say that I bet that fear gets a bonus when it can convince us that we are the only ones worried about it. 

CS Lewis wrote:

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another, “What! You too?'”

I think that is the power of the Bible. 

I am working through a theory that there is not one book of the Bible that didn’t have a portion dedicated to one of God’s people being afraid. 

Afraid of people against them.

Afraid of being left out.

Afraid to make a mistake.

Afraid of not having future provision.

Afraid of not having the right skills.

Afraid of not being in the right position. 

Afraid of timing.

Afraid of not being enough.

Afraid of public opinion.

Afraid of family.

Afraid of not being protected.

Afraid of exposure past poor choices.

Afraid of a child’s future.

Afraid of rejection.

Those written moments were/are living and breathing examples of how, in every fearful circumstance, God showed His people through it. 

Are you afraid? Of course you are. You are human. Now remember that you are in good company, and everyone else on this planet knows fear too. God promises that He will show you a way through it…just ask Him. While you’re waiting for His solution tell a friend because I bet they have a similar fear.

And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly brokenEcclesiastes 4:12

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.”

5 thoughts on “You’re in Good Company

  1. Thank you Pastor Shawn, for putting to words, so many of our thoughts.We appreciate being able to share these thoughts and feelings. Have a blessed day, one and all.

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  2. Fear is a Liar! Why do we seem to give more thought to fear than to belief in what God has done before and our history of prior seasons of life we have walked through. There is a song by Zac Williams that moves me to the truth of fear, “Fear Is A Liar.” Thank you Shawn!

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