Third Time’s a Charm

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

 ~ African Proverb

This past Wednesday, I needed a good proverb after I found my truck with a flat tire after church. But that one is filled with as much wisdom as I needed that evening. After 30 years of driving, I know how to fix a flat tire. However, the experience never seems to suck less, and on top of that, I have never changed a truck tire. Not a real truck tire, anyway. My other truck was so small that I could have used a rat pack as a pit crew, but this truck…well, I needed much more than that. 

As I stared at my truck leaning awkwardly to the right, God was like, “Why don’t you ask Scott for help? You know he is right inside.” “Help!?” was my instant reply. I mean, what kind of man asks for help, especially when working on his car?” But I quickly realized I either needed to ask for help or be late to a family gathering. So, I texted my friend, and I swear he must have run because he was there within seconds, ready to help. We got dirty, laughed a lot, and I learned new things about hidden Nissan tire jacks. 

I left that parking lot with a full tire and a full heart. 

We often say that the” third time’s a charm. “It’s probably because repetitive moments breed success. But what is not said is how lonely and discouraging the other two times can be. 

“A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Proverbs 17:17

“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

Although my friend Scott may say otherwise, I didn’t exactly “need” help, but I sure was grateful to have some, which, in turn, makes me want to help others. After all, if we want to go far, we need to do it together.

I’m not sure I can help you with a flat tire, but I’d love to pray for you! Please email me at and let me know how I can best serve you in prayer today.

We are all in 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.”

One thought on “Third Time’s a Charm

  1. About not needing “help” I think you’d still be there tryng to get the tires off and on. After all, what’s one fella against jeep tonnage. There’s nothing better than sharing, I think it broadens the scope of friendships, and releases us from carrying a burden or a joy alone. hugs


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