Not long ago I shared 25 Ways to Publicize Event Outside Your Church Walls.
One of the ideas listed was do a TV interview.
Today I’m going to share with you how I ended up getting interviewed on a local television station for a women’s ministry event. That I didn’t want to do.
It all started innocently enough.
Our team was hosting a Scrapbooking and Crafting event. We wanted it to be a big outreach into our community.
As part of our publicity efforts to reach others outside of the church I submitted the event to several online community event calendars. Each of our local TV stations had one.
It was fairly easy to do. I just typed in the information, listed myself as the contact person, and pushed submit.
It was all good until I got the email inviting me to come in for an interview about our event.
Ya’all I freaked out. I was not expecting that, nor did I really want to do that!
This was not a “send me Lord” moment!
I was a wreck. I’d never done a TV interview before.
I was certain I would mess it up and embarrass myself and my church.
So rather than saying “no”, which I knew in my heart wasn’t the right answer, I just didn’t respond right away. We’re talking for days…
I told myself I needed time to pray about it.
Ha! What I really needed was for God to get ahold of me and push me out of my comfort zone!
By the time I got to “yes, Lord, send me” a few days later and responded to the programming manager the spot was gone.
There was no feeling of relief, just regret. I felt like I had let the Lord down.
What was I thinking? God opened a door. Why would He not want me to go on TV and share about this event? Did I seriously think it wouldn’t be God’s will?!
I was ashamed that I had allowed fear to rule over me and had missed the opportunity to invite women outside of our church to come to this event.
The programming manager let me know that should another opportunity come up I needed to jump on it right away as those spots go quickly.
But God was not done yet…
A week or so later another email came from the TV station. Did I want to be interviewed?
I was ready this time. I immediately responded and said yes!
I was still a basket case but I was more afraid of being disobedient!
It went pretty well.
I still wish I had dressed a more casually. And had been a bit more relaxed.
God was gracious and provided comfort and distraction through Radar, the station’s weather dog. Radar regularly roamed on and off the set during their newscasts. Radar must have sensed I am a “dog person” because he stayed on set during my interview nudging me for more attention.
I wanted to share this story with you because I want you to know I don’t have it all figured out. I am far from the role-model women’s ministry leader.
I make mistakes. Lots of them.
I can choose to look back at those mistakes and wallow in the land of regrets or I can choose to keep my eyes focused forward on what God is calling me to do next. I don’t always make the right choice. I’m trying to learn from my mistakes.
Sweet sisters, no matter what you are going through right now, press on and trust God’s got a plan.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
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