My attention to detail has helped me to excel in this role.
Reference: It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.” (1 Chronicles 15:13 NIV)
Explore: For the last three years I have produced breakfast radio. I was not trained in producing or in radio, but my attention to detail has helped me to excel in this role.
On top of doing research, answering phones, and voicing traffic and weather, one of my main jobs is to see the issues before they happen. I try to prepare the show in such detail as to limit any issues once we go live to air.
Before an interview I will prep the guest on our audience, our hosts and the potential questions they may be asked. When we are planning a big stunt, it is my job to work out exactly what the hosts will need to make it sound good – possible prizes, callers, information, tech requirements, experts…
There is little time during the show to organise these things, so my job is to solve the problem before it becomes a hurdle for the hosts and noticeable to the listener. Preparation is the key.
Application: It is great to step out of our comfort zone every now and again, but I’m a big believer in preparation. In 1 Chronicles we hear of King David showing so much enthusiasm in bringing the Ark of the Covenant into his city that he forgot to plan and prepare for its arrival. This leads to someone’s death and a delayed arrival.
In chapter 15 we hear of all the preparations he puts in place to make it all right again.
I love that David recognises the importance of preparing for the presence of God. I see pastors and volunteers do this every week before a church service, so as to help others enter into the presence of God.
We can do this too. At the beginning of every day we can see our first moments as an opportunity to prepare ourselves for the presence of God. We prepare our outward appearance as well as our stomach for the day ahead, so why not prepare our spirit for where we can experience God?
Preparation does not take spontaneity away, but puts us in a good position to experience what is ahead.
Prayer: Lord, we easily rush into the day ahead without considering You. May we be prepared to encounter You throughout our day and be open to Your leading. Amen.
How can you prepare yourself to welcome the presence of God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.