I was recently listening to the Global Leadership Summit, and Beth Comstock, an artist, turned Creative Director turned COO of Nike, said something that caught my attention when describing how she mixes her driving leadership style with her creative side.

She said, “I keep an open note with three columns on my phone. The columns are Interesting, Coincidence & Trend.”

She described her thinking: “When something catches my eye, I place it in the first column, and when I see something similar again, it moves to the second column. Maybe it is a coincidence. If and when it moves to the third column, then we start building a strategy.” I thought the idea was brilliant, and yesterday, God used her strategy to talk to me.

In my men’s group, I heard the word “poiema” mentioned in a video. It stood out immediately, yet even though I remembered it being of strong importance, I could not get the full meaning to settle in my thoughts. I put it aside and started my day. Around lunchtime the word “poem” rattled around in my head until late in the evening when the above quote connected to it.

Put that in the Trend column! Pay attention, McCarthy! God is talking to you!

Poiema. The word was familiar and somehow reassuring. I began to search my notes, all of my past emails to be sure I had not written about this word before. I found nothing. If I had written about it before, it was nowhere to be found now. However, with a little research, I believe I know what God is wanting to say to us.

Poiema is a Greek word (ποίημα) describing God’s created work. God’s Masterpiece. His best possible work. His Magnus Opus. This word is mentioned twice in the New Testament by the Apostle Paul. Once in Romans 1:20, when he talks about God’s Creation, and the second when he is describing you.

For we are God’s masterpiece, (His Poiema) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

I am willing to bet 90% of the people I know are not living in the identity that we are God’s Masterpiece. I include myself. Our hangups and self-defined imperfections cause us to mask His splendor that is woven into our very being. What if this began to change? What if we started to remember our true identity in Christ?

Today should be a day to remember who you are and whose you are.

Let me shoot it to you simple. I don’t know what your mirror said to you this morning, but that frame contains the finest that God can make. Believe nothing else and go be a trendsetter today.

Happy Friday!

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 “Trendsetting

  1. Wonderful message today, thank you. Yes, let’s never forget you we are and in whose image we are made. A day of reflection and renewal lies ahead. Hugs

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