Hindsight is 20/20

I cringe when I think about what we have been through this year. It’s almost as bad as me just starting my Christmas shopping today. Do you need a good 2020 laugh too? Check out this commercial. It’s a good one!

I don’t know about you, but I find it easier to look back and laugh than to be amused in the actual moments of chaos. This year has served us so many moments of uncertainty. Oh, what I would’ve given to know this past January what I know now. I would have made some different investments, spent more time with people who are no longer with us, and I would have been much calmer every day knowing we were in it for the long haul.

This week on our drive to school, Cora asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Jokingly, I told her I wanted to be smarter or taller. “Either would be the perfect gift.” She laughed, and then I told her an easier answer, Legos. Joy is the theme of our Christmas this year, and they are my favorite childhood Christmas present and way more fun than yet another shaving kit. 

Truth be told, I don’t want to be smarter. I want to be wiser. 

Last evening, when I came home late from work, the house was dark and quiet, and under the glowing tree, I saw a neatly wrapped gift with my name on it. Jokingly, I asked God if that was my “smarts.” When I woke up this morning, I looked under the tree again to see if there were more surprises, and I was reminded of a scripture that a dear friend gave to me this week. 

“Wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” James 3:17

I easily forget in the onslaught of Target and Best Buy ads that the most incredible Christmas Gift is Jesus and that He is called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. That Wonderful Counselor tells his best friends in Matthew 28 that “He will always be with us”. These guys were like us and forgot this so often that Jesus reinforces it again in John 14 when He tells them that “He won’t leave them alone like orphans, but He will always return to them”. 

Even after the Christmas tree is put away and the cool Legos and Star Wars gifts are long forgotten, wisdom is always available to me. I simply have to ask for it.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

Anna and I wish you a very Merry Christmas! We hope it is filled with joy, laughter, and wisdom, and that you are given all you need and hoped to receive. 

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.”

3 thoughts on “Hindsight is 20/20

  1. Thank you so much for today’s message, it is so uplifting. What a joy to receive this as a pre-Christmas gift. May the joy of Christmas be with you, Cora and Anna, and as always we look forward to the miracle of His birth. Have a wonderful holiday, sending you much love and many hugs

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