Edit Available for an Imperfect Life

A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to tape a television interview for my book Loving Your Man without Losing Your Mind. It was my first national television interview so I was a little nervous. There’s the whole deal with what to wear (doesn’t TV add 10 pounds?!) and how to prep for the questions (because interviewers don’t always follow a script) but I did all I could and managed to pull myself together.

When I arrived at the studio, I went straight to ‘hair and makeup’ where they made magic getting me ready for the show. The producer was fabulously welcoming, as were the rest of the crew, and before I knew it – I was sitting on the set with a camera man signaling down with three, two, and one. A music prompt sounded and the show began.

The interview was buzzing along just fine as I interacted with the show’s hosts. They carried me along, feeding familiar questions, laughing with me as we chatted up some of the humorous topics in the book. And then suddenly, when I was midstream answering a question, I looked slightly to my right and noticed a camera closing in on my face. I am not sure what happened in the next few moments as I was temporarily mesmerized but I do remember stumbling over my words. When I realized the camera’s paralyzing effect, I turned my attention back to the women hosting and completed the interview.

As I left the studio, I kept rewinding the whole interview in my mind because I just couldn’t stop thinking about my bungle. The more I thought about it, the more I hoped for an edit. I reasoned that maybe the producer would catch the stumble and have the tech guys tidy up the spot. They do that all the time with taped shows. Maybe they could catch the verbal blip, cut it out, smooth it over, and then I could have a perfect performance.

Have you ever wished for an edit in your life – so you could have a “perfect performance?” While it’s completely understandable, it’s a pretty unrealistic goal. The fact is that we’re all people filled with blips big and small. And not just the blips that keep us from looking good in front of a crowd – but the blips and blunders that hurt other people and God. The bible calls it sin. Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” In other words, we’re all full of blips. But the great news is that we are made right, or edited, through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Verse 22 says, “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”

If you’re in need of a life edit, place your faith in Jesus Christ. Develop a relationship with the God that loves you and accepts you – blips and all.

You can check out the interview on ABC Family Tuesday March 11th at 9:30 am (EST)