We started a new season of life this week. I stepped out of my full-time ministry position to spend more time with my daughter and wife and grow our business which supports local churches across the county. There’s a lot more to it, but that’s the elevator speech version.

What’s harder to convey is how difficult this week has been. Stepping away from one tribe and stepping fully into another is a challenge in the heart. Coupled with most of this week we spent in quarantine has made the transition more than a bit wonky.

Doing something new isn’t supposed to be easy.

When we were first married, I realized that hiring out most handyman jobs around the house costs 3-4 times the price of materials to complete. That meant I could do the job once, maybe twice or even three times if needed, learn a new skill while doing it and get a new power tool in the process. But most importantly, there was freedom in knowing I could fail a couple of times if I had to. When Anna would come outside on a Saturday afternoon to check my progress and see the garbage pile of round 1, I would just point to the mound, shrug sheepishly, and say, “Prototype!” She would laugh, shake her head and go back inside. 

So why, when it comes to job transitions, relationship changes, and moving to a new place, do I put unnecessary pressure on myself to get it right the first time? As I was thinking about this today, I Googled the questions, “What does the Bible say about change?” This is what I found. 

“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 4:6-7

So I get peace in exchange for petitioning God? If I invite Him into my change, He gives peace and protection. Ok, sounds good. I’m IN! But as quickly as I rally my thoughts towards giving God my all, that tiny voice seems to squeak, “But, what if He doesn’t show up until it’s too late?” 

“The Lord is not late in fulfilling his promise, as some regard lateness, but is patient toward you.” 2 Peter 3:9

Take that tiny voice! He says He is not scared of the squeak, and He says He is patient with my disbelief. When we get to talking (petitioning / praying), unexplainably, my uncertainty seems to shrink.

Are you in a similar place where the new and uncertain have you rattled? I would love to pray with you through this. Let’s have a petition party! Send me an email to

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.”

7 thoughts on “Prototype

  1. Yes, treading in kind of unfamiliar territory can be daunting, exciting, frustrating and rewarding. Your success is undeniable, perhaps not as quickly as you would want, BUT, successful you will be in this different endeavor! You are blessed with many talents, and you have an abundance of faithful followers, cheering you on. How fortunate that we will be able to share in this endeavor, as you will still be worshiping with us, Onward Pastor Shawn, God guides you and walks right along side of you Hugs


  2. Philippians 4:6-7 has been my life verse since 2010 when my husband left, I lived on $800/month & wanted to end my journey here. Just this week I found 2 quotes about change:

    “Sometimes God closes doors because it’s time to move forward. He knows you won’t move unless your circumstances lead you that way. Trust the transition, God’s got you.” Christine Caine 🔥
    “Don’t ask God to guide your footsteps if you’re not willing to move your feet.”
    One of the best things about being a child of God & having a loving Father is He’s always there – even in the exciting & scary times of change – ❤️ you my friend – now go light that candle & shine!!


  3. Well Shawn I know Ann responded and you replied but I also wanted to add my two cents. First, Seacoast made a huge mistake by letting you slip away. So many folks talk “at” people , as some recent Seacoasters do. But you never have ….you always look into everyone’s eyes and listen to them… you will always succeed! And you listen to God and walk in faith. God will not only open doors for you he will push you through them. HE will not let you go ! Love you brother! Bob

    Sent from my iPhone



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