What Say You?

I spent time in a very long line yesterday, and wow, did it get my blood boiling! I’m quite sure it was more the lack of food in my belly than the length of the line, but I was over it! “Just open another register already!” “How can the self check-out registers not be open!?” “Where’s a manager?” I, of course, had some ideas about how this whole show could run better.

As we inched closer, my focus became more and more on myself. MY time. MY money. MY buying power. Suddenly, I heard raised voices and watched a person several people in front of me exclaim out loud the justice I was screaming for in my head! Here it was playing out right in front of me. Finally! But, I also got to see the result of that justice. After the irate customer angrily walked away, I looked at the clerk. She was doing her best to hold it together, but clearly, this man rattled her confidence, if not destroyed it.

Proverbs 18:4 & 21 say, “The words of the mouth are deep waters…” “The tongue has the power of life and death.”

As I watched the clerk try to recover, I realized something that we all need to keep in mind this season. Most people we will interact with are in rough shape, either financially, mentally, or emotionally. If our house is any example, I am confident that most people are having difficulty navigating this pandemic and are barely hanging on. 

Now more than ever, our words and tone matter. 

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love another.” John 13:35
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

We are called to love and show light to people. That may be a tall order these days, but it’s an easy way for us to show off God to others. Christmas is known to be a season of kindness, which may already be a part of your routine. If so, the rest of us could use your help. If you have started doing something differently or have positioned yourself to show kindness to others, share your tricks and plans in the comments below.

Shine on my friends! 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 “What Say You?

  1. Wow, guess you didn’t see the long line before you stood in it! Where’d you leave your patience, where’d you leave your prayer. Kindness to yourself in times like these goes a long way, and how much better one feels when we treat others kindly. I’m not trying to chastise you for your feelings, but this is a gentle reminder to ALL of us, to practice the lessons we learn reading the bible, attending our church and just looking around . The extra minutes spent in long lines, or other similar situations, are just part of daily living. C’mon, lets be upbeat and grateful we still have the capacity to stand in life’s long line waiting to reach the higher realm. Have a nice day. Hugs.

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  2. It is a tall order to love our neighbor, and one I have trouble with sometimes. What helps is remembering that Christ died for ALL and that He loves everyone of us – warts and all.

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  3. Good reminder! You really never know what someone else is dealing with, especially in our present situation. Thank you for helping us keep our focus on being kind to one another and for always being real enough to let us hear what’s going on inside you.

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