“Truth on the Go with Andrea Lennon” radio program hit the airwaves in December, 2017. I am surprised each week as I sit behind the microphone and share stories from my life and truths from the Bible. I will be honest, the first few programs were rough. I was SO nervous!
Over the last few months, I have learned one thing that has radically changed my life. Editing! I prerecord my shows so that means no pressure. If I mess up, my sweet producer hits the delete button and the content is gone.
Editing reminds me of God's forgiveness. The Bible is full of truth that changes the direction of our lives. When we sin- and we will sin- we can confess our sin, turn from it, and be cleansed from the effect of it. The Bible says that God will cast our sin as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12) Does this mean that sin is not serious? Absolutely not! Sin has always been the number one deterrent to the presence of God in our lives. (Genesis 3) Thankfully, God is a redeeming God and He will use the good, bad, and ugly to make us more like Him!
Do you want to experience the beauty of forgiveness in your life? You can! Confess your sin and live according to God's Word. The moment you do, you will experience the same relief I experience each time my radio mistakes are wiped away. Our mistakes do not have to chart the direction of our lives. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins my be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." (Acts 3:19, New International Version)
I have found one trap that can be a problem when it comes to editing. Hang with me as I explain this one! Because I know that I can rerecord any mess up or blooper, my progress can be restrained as I try and get the content perfect to the point of perfection. When perfection is my goal, the program becomes more about me and less about Him. Obviously, we want to do our best and work hard, but perfectionism can lead to a slippery slope. We are in trouble when we focus on presenting our best "self" instead of presenting Christ.
Sometimes people need to see, hear, and walk with us through the mess ups. We don't have to wear a spiritual mask or lead others to believe that we have it all together. I have fought the desire to be "perfect" for many years. Friends, it is an exhausting battle! This battle resurfaced this past year as I wanted to have the perfect radio show, with the perfect content, and the perfect lingo. God revealed my wrong heart motive and I asked for His help. I also asked my accountability partners to pray for me and hold me accountable. When I took this step, I experienced a new sense of freedom that led to an important life lesson: we should take advantage of the "redo's", but we don't need to get caught up in them. Each day we need to keep on moving forward and keep on being real... before God, with ourselves, and with each other.
So, how about you? What are some of your struggles? Is there a life lesson God is teaching you? I want to invite you to listen to “Truth on the Go with Andrea Lennon” on Sunday mornings in the Central Arkansas area (The Fish 93.3 or Faith Talk Radio 99.5) or on my website in podcast version. Check it out at www.andrealennonministry.org. Be sure and visit the bookstore while you are there. I have several books that will encourage you in your journey with God.
Andrea in the studio of Faith Talk Radio recording a Truth on the Go program!