This One’s For You

In life, we all have memories on the highlight reel. Some of them are big blockbuster moments of victory, and others are just funny stories that you’ll never forget. 

This is one of my favorites. 

One Sunday morning, one of my best friends introduced me to his daughter’s new boyfriend. He said something like this. “James, meet Pastor Shawn. Pastor Shawn is a great friend. James, do you know the difference between a good friend and a great friend? A good friend will help you move. A great friend will help you move a body.”

The best part of that story was not just the look on that poor kid’s face but the fact that what my friend said was true. That man was like a brother to me. He cared and prayed for my family and me. When I ran into obstacles I couldn’t overcome, he supplied wisdom and resources to make the situation better and easier. And I did the same for him.

Simply put, he was there for me, and I was there for him. 

If you’ve had a friend like this, you know how special they are and how impossible they are to replace. For some of you, reading that raised a warm, familiar feeling in your heart because you have (or had) a friend just like that. For others, reading that may sting a bit because loneliness or betrayal overwhelm you. 

As I asked God what He wanted me to write this week, He simply answered back, “I am for you!” I wasn’t expecting that. So, I dove into Scripture and found this gem in Isaiah. Have you read this one lately? 

“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:9-10

In other words, God is for YOU. There is nothing that you could do that would ever stop Him from being for you, and there is nothing you could do that would make Him stop loving you. You are His favorite. You are the apple of His eye. His most valued treasure and He will protect you at all cost. In fact, He already did that on the cross. 

When we know that when a trusted friend has our back, we feel that we can accomplish greatness. We know that we have a safety net if we fail and a cheerleading section to give us the push we need when we’re down and out. Having that kind of friend is amazing. Being that kind of friend is incredible. Knowing that we already have that friend in Christ is irreplaceable.

Whatever it is your are facing today please remember:

For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you. -God. (Jeremiah 29 11-13)

Now that is a great friend!

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.”

4 thoughts on “This One’s For You

  1. How wonderful to be loved by God, in heaVEN, AND BY A WONDERFUL FRIEND RIGHT HERE ON EARTH. tHANKS AGAIN PASTOR sHawN FOR ANother UPLIFTING MESSAGE hUGS

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  2. Thank you for your comforting message. We just learned that very dear and close friends who are also neighbors are moving away. We know this is right for them, but so sad for us. As Christians, God never leaves us or abandons us, and we can always depend on Him.

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  3. The timing of your messages are simply incredible. I needed to hear this today. I’m not sure why I waited to read this today but the timing was “ALL” God. Thanks for your continued dedication to these words and bits of wisdom!!

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