Seasoned Advice

My dad is coming over this weekend to help me change the spark plugs and wires in my old 1990 pickup truck. Sounds pretty manly, right? The truth is, the reason he’s coming over is that I have no idea how to do it. I have all the pieces and parts and I’ve even watched a few YouTube videos, but I am totally intimidated to get started.

Sometimes you need some seasoned help to show you what to do. 

Paul was that same seasoned help when he was writing the Philippians. They were doing good, and Paul was proud of them, but he wanted to be sure they knew a couple of things, and since he was sitting in jail, Uncle Paul sent them a couple of tips.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4-7

Paul knew the world defines doing your best as effort and hustle. He was an overachiever by nature and at the top of his game when Jesus knocked him off his high horse.

God defines your best as to how close you are to Him and how much your focus is on things God loves.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 8-9

In this season, peace may seem elusive. Think about this: If Paul could write about peace from a jail cell while awaiting death, maybe he had a grasp on something we didn’t. Thanks for the tips, Uncle Paul!

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.”

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