The Amazing Grace of Drew Carey and “The Price Is Right”

The Price is Right was one of my go to shows when staying home sick from school. I’m still drawn to the way their stories unfold: solving the puzzle on Wheel of Fortune, questioning the right answer on Jeopardy, and coming up with the right price on The Price is Right.

How to win “The Price is Right” – guaranteed!

This contestant made it to the part where you get three chances to win a car. The show makes it easy by giving you five price options.

Sometimes the show makes it even easier than that:

Poor Manuela, I can’t help but cringe along with her. But did you notice what Drew said to her at the 35 second mark?

“It’s fine.”

She knew she’d blown the game. She felt ashamed and was so embarrassed she tried to hide behind the board. Yet the guy in charge said,

“It’s fine.”

Then he reached out to her, took her by the hand and brought her into the light where she could join the celebration.

Playing Hide and Seek

Getting together with cousins was another one of the joys of childhood, even better than staying home sick and watching game shows. One time a bunch of the families were at my aunt’s farm and we played Hide and Seek. I was the youngest and that meant I was usually found first. One cousin, though, made it easier for me to hide out a little longer.

She’d hide so that she couldn’t see the person who was seeking us all out. I remember once she hid behind a clump of tall grass, head right up to the stalks towering above her, oblivious to the fact that her legs and feet were sticking out for anyone within 20 feet to see. She was found before me that game.

Do you ever play Hide and Seek with God, thinking you have put yourself in a position where he won’t see you, like Eve and Adam among the trees wanting to stay out of God’s sight after they disobeyed?

God not only sees you no matter where you think you’re hiding, but he draws you to himself and tells you, “It’s fine.”

As Paul said of his own relationship with God:

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! … Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 7:24-8:1.)

The Bible says this applies to you too, that because of what Jesus has already done for you everything really is fine in your relationship with your heavenly Father.

For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. … “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary. (Hebrews 10:14, 17-18.)

Yes you are being made holy, but you have also already been made perfect. There is no need for sacrifice – not even sacrifice in the form of hiding from God.

God does not keep a memory bank of your mistakes, your transgressions, your sins. “I will remember them no more,” he says. Don’t hide because you blew it somehow. God wants you to come out of hiding and live in the light of his forgiveness, his mercy, his free and priceless gift of grace.

No matter how recently you’ve made yet another mistake, do you know what God says about your relationship with him?

“It’s fine.”

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16 Responses to The Amazing Grace of Drew Carey and “The Price Is Right”

  1. Dee Parsons says:

    My pastor says that Christians who truly understand the grace of God do not need to hide their sins. It is because of our sins that grace was given. I need to be reminded of this on a regular basis because I get so mad at myself when I let other people down. From now on, I will remember “It’s fine.” Thank you.

    • Tim says:

      You pastor’s message about grace and sin is truly gospel-soaked, Dee. We have wonderful freedom in Jesus because of his love for us.

  2. Jeannie says:

    Tim, this post makes me think of all the public shaming that goes on now that our mistakes and misdeeds can be preserved forever on social media. When we were kids watching TPIR, if the hostess goofed up, we’d laugh and then never think of it again; it wouldn’t suddenly become a viral sensation, garnering 12 million+ views! Drew’s response was so nice. And it’s so good to know that God never wants to shame us but always draws us back into relationship with his grace and forgiveness.

    • Tim says:

      “God never wants to shame us” – that’s the wonderful truth of his love and mercy and grace. He wants joy for us, and life abundant.

  3. Julie Anne says:

    I love this illustration of grace and also how the folks at Price is Right didn’t shame her. It could have been ugly. Manuela handled her faux pas with class. Manuela took her mistake and had fun with it:

  4. Laura Droege says:

    We don’t have to hide from God. Priceless!!

  5. Pastor Bob says:

    Hide from God! Why? If you really know who God is you know that is impossible! -wait!
    So many really don’t know so …… humans……..

    I remember the annual Youth Retreat, the counselor hid on the first night, and the teams went look for the leaders. One counselor was the coordinator, the rest hid. As Youth Pastor I was worth 150 points, the assistants were worth 100 points, the cook was worth 75 points, the counselors/sponsors were worth 50 points.

    As one skilled in the woods I dove into the stickers. Heavy clothing, I was fine (mountains get cold at night). Guess who was never found?

    Blessings!!

  6. My dear boy said he didn’t want to be a Christian ‘like you and Daddy’ because he couldn’t help doing bad things sometimes and didn’t want to be thinking about God so much and ‘having to be good all the time’. I told him God loves us just as we are. Prince happily went back to eating his ice cream! It is a real challenge breaking down the gospel so that a boy with special needs can understand it. A genuine challenge, though, because of all people I am quite sure those with special needs are exactly those whose position on the edge of society makes them extra special to Jesus. Churches are often not very accommodating to anyone ‘different’, even though they should be. Especially when it’s a child who looks ‘normal’. Anyway… I am so thankful for a God who, when I repent, says “That’s ok! I love you. Come here and gimme a hug.”

  7. stephanielynn75 says:

    I loved that moment. His reaction to what happened was truly beautiful. Excellent object lesson, Tim. 🙂

  8. caramac54 says:

    Man, great minds think alike! I like how you took that “It’s fine” (it’s okay) idea and ran with it, Tim Fall-style, reaching people through scripture, through your own story and through that gift-giving Manuela. Love!

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