I was ready – or so I thought. Landing a guest like Sean Hannity on my podcast was no small task, even on a platform as strong as Faithwire.com, and I wanted to be prepared for anything. Fortifying my chances of podcast success, I surrounded my broadcast station with 2 large whiteboards filled with notes for the interview, key names, dates, and other pertinent information. My producer, Eleni, and I tested the recording a half a dozen times and ensured that the vocal levels and inputs were all properly balanced. I even went as far as to post signs outside of the studio, “Important Interview in Progress!” Then the phone rang and I quickly realized that there was one very important thing that I had failed to anticipate.
“Hello this is Sean Hannity,” I heard him say from the other end of the call, but it was what he said next that really shocked me.
“Lucas! By the way your book, it’s called, Good God: The One We Want To Believe In But Are Afraid To Embrace…” he began. And with that, with limited time on and during an interview that was supposed to be about him, Mr. Hannity, took the first several minutes to not only mention my book, but to inform the world why the content is so important, not only for his life, but for the world today. I totally didn’t see that coming.
As I hung up the phone at the end of the interview, which went flawlessly by the way (audio below), I realized something. Like so many of us, I had planned for every possible scenario that could have gone wrong, but I had failed to properly plan for what could go right. Nowhere among even a single line of short-hand scribble on my two over-sized white boards were there notes about what to do if Hannity mentioned my book, or complimented my work, which did throughout the interview.
Don’t misunderstand, I don’t say this to boast in his endorsement, though I’m truly honored, but I mention it rather to first compliment his humility (which was evident) and second to draw attention to God’s goodness. In that moment, I was reminded that God’s desire is to always exceed our expectations and to fill our lives with blessings beyond our wildest imaginations. It quickly made me question in what other areas of my life am I failing to anticipate ALL that God wants to do in me.
Should we prepare for what could go wrong? Sure, but we should be equally focused, if not more so, on what could go right!
Oh, and by the way, go see Hannity’s new film, Let There Be Light…it’s receiving tremendous reviews thus far and killed it the first weekend at the box office!