A year ago today I showed up to the HIS Radio studio for my first day on the job! And my very first story was about how the Pumpkin Spice Latte was returning to Starbucks. I think I took that as a sign that I was right where I was supposed to be, even if I felt like they had hired the wrong girl. The last year has been so full of highlights I couldn’t possibly list them all, but here are a few: I’ve sung with For King and Country (albeit the Daniel Tiger theme song, but still!). I’ve worshipped in Central Park with Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin. I’ve prayed with strangers. I’ve mailed potatoes and thank you notes. I’ve pranked Toby Mac and said “black buns” on air. I’ve made snow cones and banana/mayo sandwiches. I’ve eaten jelly beans with Kirk Cameron. I’ve made fun of Jim Mann’s large head. A lot.
But it’s also been full of personal growth and strengthened faith.
People get used to familiar voices and I learned pretty quickly that not everyone was a fan of hearing me during their morning routine. (Shocker, I know!) Criticism can be tough and I’m not going to lie– it shook my confidence. No one wants to be judged and it takes a lot of courage to reveal your true self to anyone, let alone thousands of people listening to you on the radio. Don Miller said, “Is there anything more toxic than the fear of being judged? Judgement shuts us down and makes us hide. It keeps us from being ourselves.” That’s exactly what I had to work through.
And just like Don, I decided that being myself is more valuable than having to take the occasional blow from a judgmental person. Maybe it’s my willingness to sound dorky, or be passionate about something that isn’t cool, or cry, or be wrong that got me this opportunity in the first place. After all, I have to believe that there are people far more talented with far less annoying voices and more Bible verses memorized that could be doing a way better job at this than me. But I said yes to God. I was (and am) willing to step outside my comfort zone on a daily basis because when I am feeling uncomfortable or weak or nervous I talk to God a whole lot more.
It’s been a big adjustment for my family and my husband has truly helped me thrive because of his willingness to take over the morning routine at home. And he’s never once complained about my geriatric bedtime. I’m grateful for the opportunity to encourage others through heartfelt stories and lots of laughter and I look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries at HIS Radio!