BBC Radio Leicester

Thought for the Day broadcast 11 April 2006

© John Denney 22 February 2006




Right.  Shiny shoes.  Check.  Trousers pressed.  Check.  Hair neat and tidy.  Check.  Clean shirt.  Check – no, stripe!  It’s a big day.  Could be make or break.  Got to be 100% ready.  Thought of the questions, know all the answers.  Car filled up with petrol.  Got the map.  Ready as I’ll ever be.  Leaving in plenty of time.  Off I go!


We’ve all been through it: the big interview.  Butterflies in the stomach.  Sweaty palms.  Didn’t get enough sleep.  Will they like me?  What’s the person on the other side of the desk going to be like?


The key word is preparation.  Getting ready.  Cover all the possible angles.  Be on time.  Be confident but not over-confident.  Beyond that, all you can do is be yourself.  And a smile goes a long way.


We put a lot of effort in being ready for the important interview.  But do we put as much effort into preparing for the biggest interview we are all going to face one day?  The Day of Judgement I mean.  How do we pass the biggest test of them all?  Jesus said, I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.  And the disciples asked, “When did we do this?  And Jesus replied, Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me--you did it to me.  So come in and take the things I’ve got ready for you.[1]


Well, are you ready?  Your appointment may be sooner than you think.

[1] Matthew 25: 34-40 MSG (extracts)