Facing Joy

Deciding to square off against something bigger than yourself is usually quite a task. For me, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a hefty work project, my cluttered garage, or even my expanding waistline (Thanks, COVID.), I go through the same thought process. 

It goes something like this…

Awareness: “Oh! How did you get there?”

Cost Analysis: “How much time or money is it going to take to fix this?”

Denial: “Meh. I’m sure it will just work itself out.”

Realization: “Nope. That thing is not going anywhere.”

Problem Solving: “Ok. Now how do I beat this thing!?”

James 1:2 says to “consider it all joy my brothers and sister whenever you face trials of many kinds.” 

Something in me wanted to slap James every time I heard that scripture until one of my pastors pointed out the definition of the word “face”. 

Face (verb)

1. be positioned with the face or front toward (someone or something).

2. confront and deal with or accept a difficult or unpleasant task, fact, or situation.

True joy only comes when you turn and face what you are up against. 

Then the rest of the scripture makes sense: “…you will know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:3-4

I know what you’re thinking. “But, my (insert your big problem here) is too big for me to face!” Remember what we talked about last week? David squared off against Goliath. We need to take note of the most significant part of that story. David knew who he was. David had already been anointed as king even though he was still a teenager herding sheep. He knew who he was in the eyes of God. Do you see yourself as anointed for furthering God’s kingdom?

When you’re face-to-face with your fears, do you remember who you are?

Galatians 4:7 says I am an heir and adopted son of the most high God.

Philippians 4:3 says that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

If you’re facing something that has you intimidated, overwhelmed, or unmotivated, you are not alone. I would love to pray for you. Email me at ShawnMcCarthy@seacoast.org or comment below. 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.”

2 thoughts on “Facing Joy

  1. Blessings… Facing joy, I think I’ll face Phililpians for a while Hugs

    On Sat, Jun 12, 2021 at 8:19 AM Red Letter Moments wrote:

    > Shawn McCarthy posted: ” Deciding to square off against something bigger > than yourself is usually quite a task. For me, it doesn’t matter whether > it’s a hefty work project, my cluttered garage, or even my expanding > waistline (Thanks, COVID.), I go through the same thought proces” >

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