Shockingly Wise

Proverbs 13:20 says, “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” 

I’m happy to say that contrary to what my mom thought about me in high school, I spend a lot of time with wise people today. This week a symphony of different statements came together from people I trust dearly to make our post. 

In response to last week’s post about letting God do His thing in my life, my buddy Stephen said, “All the breakthroughs happen when I submit it to God – when I’m not trying to manufacture something.” ~ Stephen P.

That reaction brought this other nugget of wisdom. “When I’m not trying to have my way and push something. I often give it room to develop Gods way. Not assigning a deadline changes something. There is wisdom in letting something breathe.” ~ Peter G.

That’s awesome, but we don’t often think this way. Do we? When emotions or expectations are high, when we really want something, or when we’re scared. Uh oh, Wait, I’m one of these things all the time…..

“It’s hard to be patient. Especially because there is no way my spiritual hindsight is 2020. I am constantly forgetting all the good things that Jesus has done for me and the way God has come through. I have short-term spiritual memory loss. God gave me a foot and strong muscles. If a door is closed, why shouldn’t I be kicking it in?” ~ Dennis B.

Can anyone else say amen?

We’ve all been trained to go after and get things we want. It seems to be part of being an American. But when you get it all, why do we still feel so empty? “Everything you lean on besides God will let you down break your heart. Knowledge, influence, wealth, fitness, and especially stuff.” ~Chris R.

My boys were on fire this week! By sharing my friends’ wisdom with you, I hope it makes you think a bit differently as it did me.

In closing, let me ask you this, where are you getting your wisdom? Fox News or MSNBC? Podcasts? The New York Times? May I make a suggestion? King Solomon was allowed to ask God for one thing, and He chose wisdom. God granted it, and then Solomon wrote a book in the Bible called Proverbs. It’s in the Old Testament, and it’s perfect for a daily dose of wisdom, one chapter at a time. Ask your friends to come along. You may be shocked at how wise they are too. 

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.”

3 thoughts on “Shockingly Wise

  1. Food for thought, thank you. If you listen carefully, most every day, nuggets of wisdom pop up from various sources. The clue is to listen carefully, and we may also hear God speaking to us


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