You Are Flawesome!

This week, I learned a new word and thought it fit us pretty well:

Flawesome: (adj.) Extremely impressive or inspiring through embracing one’s flaws.

My brother called to tell me about a speaker he had heard who used this word as the basis of his talk. The message sounded like one that could have been from our church. It was about how God still chooses us to do incredible things for His glory even though we are flawed. That’s a message we could all use right now. 

My brother is in the process of letting God rebuild his life, and his assault on his alcoholism and the results of him drawing near to God in the last years has been nothing but astounding. I could not be more proud of him. What I love the most about the Alcoholics Anonymous program is how hard you must embrace that you’re not in control and that only with God’s help can you win against your addictions. You have to look your flaw in the eye, identify it and determine that it will no longer rule you. 

I don’t know about you, but I certainly have some hurts and hangups that mess with my life daily, and even despite that, it sure is easy to look down on someone else’s faults, vices, or screw-ups – especially if that flaw is a crippling addiction. I wonder what kind of world we would live in if we all went to war on our soft spots by simply admitting that we all didn’t have it together and that we were all flawed.

I know this contradicts everything we hear and see in the media every day, but I’m convinced that God is far more enamored with us when we are our authentic, even sometimes broken, selves. Paul, one of the superheroes of the Bible, said: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)

That sums it up for us all. When we have a relationship with Christ, our flaws are perfected through Christ and used for His glory! So, just in case you haven’t heard it yet today, I want to tell you that you, yes, YOU are flawesome! I am so glad that you are part of this adventure with me!

We will get through this together!

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.”

2 thoughts on “You Are Flawesome!

  1. Outstanding. We are so proud of him, and all of you for what you have done we have a flawsome family and would it change a thing.❤️❤️❤️


  2. Thank you, I couldn’t have written this more succinctly. Thank you for the reminder, “we are flawesome” Hugs


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