Letter - December 2000
you like your bloomers to be seen in public? Perhaps I should explain!
I got a phone call this week from the BBC. In my last job I used to present a few TV programmes for
them. Would I mind if they used a
few "out-takes" from my last series in something they're putting
together… Auntie's Christmas Bloomers?
me a release form. Evidently I have
to give permission for my fluffed lines, naff delivery and general incompetence
to be viewed by the great British public. "You record an opening link for a
service from Derby and things go wrong" the official letter specified with
go wrong?" I mused, my life is full of "things going wrong".
I had to think hard what actually went wrong on that particular day.
At times my mistakes have taken on disastrous proportions, but as I
recall, my day recording in the City of Derby provided mistakes more in the
category: "to be forgotten after a brief period of time"…
One of the
themes of the season of Advent is God's coming Judgement, when all things will
be revealed and we will have to answer for our sins and our mistakes.
I suspect God's file on me is even thicker than Auntie's.
Since my childhood I've had a mental picture that my judgement would
involve a giant TV screen. All the
previously unseen out-takes would be shown.
Everything I've ever done exposed for the world to see.
Believe me, it's been a very effective motivator!
society loses any sense of an impending day of judgement, we privatise morality.
We don't usually expect to have to answer for what goes on behind closed
doors. Jesus told us that even our thoughts would come under God's
scrutiny. Morality is about who we
are in every part of life, not just what we do in public. If we separate private and public morals, what we produce is
hypocrisy not morality.
know if my clips will make it to the final edit of Auntie's Bloomers, but
the BBC has given me some interesting reflections along Advent themes.
Whatever you do in life, never forget, the camera is still rolling!
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