The Door Opener

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Today I will begin by highlighting two main verses:

  1. Revelation 3:8 ‘I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut..’
  2. Psalm 75: 6-7 ‘For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.’

Every time I talk to communication students, most of them want to know how I got my radio job. They want to know what to do better, they want contacts, they want connections, they want me to introduce them to people, and they want the secret. They want to know how to write the best CV and audio demos. Then I share my story and I feel a wave of disappointment.

I was a second year student, ready for a three months break from school. I knew that I would spend my three months at home. But, there’s a voice that kept prompting me to do what I was to do while in fourth year: Apply for internship. I always had a desire to work for Hope FM. It was my dream and desire then. So I knew very well that the school would not allow me, they only allowed people to go for internship after they were done with a certain course I hadn’t done. I was not legible for internship. At all. Looking at the qualifications that the media house had set for interns, I also couldn’t make it. But the voice kept beckoning.

So I drafted my CV, travelled to Nairobi, looked for their offices and head office and dropped it. I made prayers while I walked but I knew that I would never be picked. Other voices appeared, ‘Do you know how many qualified people have applied?’ ‘Do you even have the voice and accent for the position?’ ‘Are you aware that no one knows you and you need to know someone?’ What if you get it? How will you commute?’ I discouraged myself going back to school and forgot about the letter.

Two weeks later, I got a call inviting me for the interview. At first I was excited and shocked! Then I got scared, will I really make it? So when the day came, I gathered up some of my clothes that were official enough and went for the interview. We were given a written test, I smiled thinking that those were questions about my spirituality and ministry. But no, they were hard questions about everything that did not interest me, like, the stock market exchange and some grade five mathematics problems to solve. There was also a question about  Francois Hollande! I had never heard of that name.

After that test we were released. I was taken aback because I was expecting to be taken to a studio and asked to do a show. (Foolish me) Have you ever been sure the job is not yours? That was me. Compared to the rest of the people being interviewed, I was way below what they had advertised for. People came with nice suits. I knew then that I needed more general knowledge; I need to know what is happening in the world. I was devastated, I confirmed that I am stupid and exams will never be my thing. I called myself a few names and started planning how to travel home for the holidays. Then they called. The position was mine! That was my first three months experience with Hope FM. Which later on became my home for 6 years.

This is not supposed to make you lazy and care free. I was very hard working. Just unqualified according to the human standards. So, keep working hard, keep growing and thriving. But never come to a point of thinking that you will get where you are going by your own might. No. It is not who you are, but who God is. It is not who you know in that company, It is who you know in the Heavens. It is not about your gifts and talents; it is about realizing that they come from above. Next time you feel unqualified, timid and stupid. When you feel below the standards they need, remember those two verses we began with.


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