What I learned from “The Price is Right”

One of the simply truths of life is that if you’re home sick, no matter how young or old you are, you’re watching “The Price is Right.”

Seriously, I bet 75 percent of that show’s audience each day is either sick or faking being sick.

Another truth is that as soon as you tune in, you’re going to instantly feel like you have an abundance of knowledge when it comes to the pricing of name brand condiments and fancy cutlery.

If you’re like me it won’t take long before you find yourself yelling at the kid in the Stanford sweatshirt because he overpriced the Heinz Ketchup and caused the yodeler to fall off the mountain or decided to spin the wheel again, even though he was already on 70 cents. Seriously, that dude deserved to get the living room set instead of the trip to Japan.

Sitting there with a cup of Jell-O and fresh ginger ale at our side, we’re real quick to pass judgement on the folks struggling under the bright lights, beside Bob Barker Drew Carey, and in front of a live audience.

It’s just a simply fact, when it comes to “The Price is Right,” everyone on the couch thinks he or she is a pricing expert.

Sometimes life can be a lot like “The Price is Right.”

Sometimes we can catch ourselves passing some pretty harsh judgements on how others are doing from our spot on the couch and often that can led us to looking as dumb as me yelling at my TV.

Jesus said, “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.”

Now I don’t think Jesus is saying there aren’t going to be times in life when we need to evaluate others, rather I think he is simply telling us to be very careful in how we go about it.

In a sense, I think he’s saying, “what goes around, comes around.”

When we judge others we need to make sure we’re judging them in the same way we would want to be judged. We need to make sure we’re extending to them the same mixture of judgement and grace we would like to be extended.

There are going to be times in life when we need to take a stand and point out that folks are doing things the wrong way.

But there are also going to be times when others need to stand up and point out that we are wrong as well.

I think we need to keep this in mind when we’re tempting to do a little couch judging in life.

I think we need to keep in mind that one day it will be us mistakenly claiming DiGiorno pizzas to cost more than $10 and ask ourselves how we’d like the guy on the couch to treat us.

— @TravisKWilliams



About travman44

I work as a reporter for a newspaper in southwest Virginia. I play as a writer specializing in deep thoughts on shallow, and occasionally not so shallow, subjects. I'm also a former history teacher, bible college alum, and lover of the NBA and kids' breakfast cereals. It's a delicate blend. -- @TravisKWilliams on Twitter
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